Brooder Space


Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Jul 16, 2015
That first week or two they do better with a smaller space. Than it's best to expand the brooding area every 1-2 weeks or so as they grow and become more vigorous. I'm not sure about the exact square footage per chick. Hopefully someone else has that information.


Scarborough Fair
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Jul 3, 2016
WA, Pac NW
My Coop
My Coop
A loose recommendation is (per chick) 1/2 sq ft for up to around 2 weeks, then 1 sq ft up to 4 weeks, then 2 sq ft up to 8 weeks. These numbers should work in an indoor setting, or somewhere where space is limited.

I don't follow those numbers myself because I raise my chicks outdoors, in very small groups (like 3-4 chicks) and I find that even at around 10 days old, they're antsy and active and want to get out, even though I start them at 2-3 sq ft each at 2-3 days old.

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