Brooder walls, how tall?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tracyree, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How tall do brooder walls need to be so that standard chicks can't get out?
     
  2. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well it depends on how old your chicks are--the breed...and of course as they get older the brooder is going to have to get bigger and expande...util they can go out to the coop --or "big chick coop";....so what is your set up now? what r your ready for? or what are you wanting? [​IMG]
     
  3. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    deepends on the age. mine are now almost 12 weeks and they get out
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  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Of what age? Truth is you will most likely need a top as they will be over a 3' side in no time, within a week or two. If this is an indoor brooder, an inexpensive solution is bird netting from the garden dept. If you happen to have an old window screen or two around, they work well.
     
  5. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 3 weeks and get out at 4 ft---aout 6 out of 13 get out.....but still love them---but they still amaze me!!!! LOL
     
  6. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to buy screen for them because latttice wont work anymore....but I know already screen won't work much longer....Sorry to say but I have underestimated what I need to do for my chicks...So please overestimate...LOL
     
  7. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that you really can't have the walls to high, mine I could barely reach in to get the feeders out to fill (I am pretty tall) and using said feeder the chicks were over in no time.Maybe the best thing would be to go ahead and make a wire top for any brooder you construct and then you can have it any height. Be sure it is high enough so you can adjust the lamp/light.
     
  8. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Still working on the coop? That chicken is gonna lay an egg!LOL JK
     
  9. JusticeFamilyFarm

    JusticeFamilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I must be really lucky so far... I hadn't really thought about them getting out until I read this! I have about 3.5'-4' high sides and chicks ranging from about 1 week to 4 weeks and they don't get out. They started getting out (the older ones) of my smaller/shorter brooder, so I made this new one, but it's in a room of my house and I haven't seen them out of it yet. I better get my coop ready asap! [​IMG]
     
  10. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all. I have 4 in a big clear plastic bin, it's only about a foot tall though. They are 1 week, 2 days old (assuming hatchery mailed them out as day olds?). So far I've been lucky and no one has gotten out. Brooder building tomorrow! I'm thing kiddie pool with some sort of fencing for walls....
     

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