Brooder too big?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by imamtgrandma2, May 12, 2010.

  1. imamtgrandma2

    imamtgrandma2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I order the starter kit from www.mypetchicken.com
    I'm getting 4 chicks in a few weeks but the cardboard brooder looks GIGANTIC! I'm wondering if I should put a smaller box in the middle of the brooder for the first few days OR should I just take out some of the cardboard slats to decrease the diameter?
     
  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bigger the better!
     
  3. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
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    I agree; the bigger, the better. I got 10 packing peanuts, better known as male chicks,with my order so I'm going to have to get a bigger brooder next week!
     
  4. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    Quote:I got the same starter kit and I'd use the whole thing! My chicks didn't like the smaller box that i had to use b4 the brooder came *late.
     
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  5. OCD

    OCD Out Of The Brooder

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    They grow soooooooooooo fast....leave it big and let them enjoy it!
     
  6. kaylakian

    kaylakian Out Of The Brooder

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    i agree i had mine in a smallish brooder and now there 5 weeks have had to get them something bigger as they didnt have much room to move away from each other
     
  7. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I put mine in a plastic bin and by the end of the first week had hubby build me one that was 6 feet long as they are growing SO quickly! Even if it looks big to you, they need room to get out from under the heat if it's too hot so I'd use the whole thing.
     
  8. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was on my third Rubbermaid tub when I finally moved my 7 chicks to an outdoor pen.
    I've learned my lesson - next time I'll start with the big one.
     
  9. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bigger is better? I'm using guinea pig cage and having hard time to keep temp up.
    I was thinking about moving them in to smaller plastic bin...
    But if they grow quick, I guess I have to deal with it for while??
     
  10. kaylakian

    kaylakian Out Of The Brooder

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    is it a plastic cage because that what mine r in with wire lid i lined the walls that keep temprature right
     

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