Brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by trappersteve, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. trappersteve

    trappersteve New Egg

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    Hey all first post on here. I have had chickens for years but this year I'm thinking about upgrading .
    My question is this I want to try to raise roosters to sell and was wondering if anybody did this also . I need to build some bigger brooders and want to keep at least 1-2 hundred whitties at a time. How big should I build my brooders say for at least a hundred chicks at a time? I have some ideas in my head but wanna see What you guys think
     
  2. trappersteve

    trappersteve New Egg

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    I forgot to mention I plan on raising these up in stages 2 weeks into a bigger brooder as they get bigger
     
  3. David1998

    David1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I had seen this somewhere, seemed about right to me:
    day old chicks: 1/4 sqft per chick
    2 week old chicks: 1/2 sqft per chick
    4 week old chicks: 1 sqft per chick

    From there, continue to double space when their age doubles until you get to ~8 sqft per bird.

    Where do you expect to market that many roosters? It seems difficult to give them away many times.
     
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  4. trappersteve

    trappersteve New Egg

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    Thanks David my plan was 3x4 brooder to start then a 4x8 then about a month old a 12x12 then I've got big outdoor pens after that.

    And I have a buyer that sells a lot of meat market birds if I did my math right I should make $2 a bird
     

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