Brooder suggestions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by the lemon tree, May 13, 2009.

  1. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Songster

    May 12, 2009
    *please let me know if I posted this in the wrong thread*

    I've never owned chickens before so this is all new to me-my 4 chicks (I'm guessing about 5-7 days old?) are happily dwelling in their Rubbermaid tub (30 something gallons, I'm guessing). I'm certain that sometime soon they will outgrow it, which leaves me to find another, larger home for them. Yesterday I went to Target and saw a Rubbermaid tub that was 52 gallons-do you think that this would be large enough to house 4 one-month olds in here before I move them to the coop? Any other suggestions? I don't want to invest a lot of money in it and I'm definitely not good with a hammer.

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  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    There is a brooder section just for your question at the top of the Raising Baby Chicks page.

    There's lots of options available that don't include a hammer.

    Best of luck with your chickies.
  3. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Songster

    May 12, 2009
    Quote:Yeah, I've taken a look at those-I guess what my question is is how big I need the brooder to be when they're just about ready to move to the coop. I just don't want to keep moving them to new containers after every growth spurt.
  4. Schroeder

    Schroeder Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    Just get a large cardboard box from a kitchen appliance and cut it down to size.
  5. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Songster

    Feb 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    We kept our 20 in a rubbermaid tub for about 2 weeks then transferred them to a big box with plexiglass windows. As they outgrew the box we would add another room (box). Before they went out to the coop we had a three room condo for them. When we took them on field trips we would place them in one of the boxes and leave the other two on the table. The boxes were taped together, but easily separated. When it was time to return inside the house we would round them up and herd them back into the box. Made everything simple.

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