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Brooders, how many, what size ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by giasmom, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    I've got 25 RIR's and 25 W Leghorns coming soon. At first I wasn't worried , but now I'm not so sure about the amount of brooder space I will need. We have a 4x6 nesting room in a coop that I had planned on turning them loose in as soon they are old enough. So reckon how much brooder space I'll need for the first few weeks???
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Actually, the nesting room will be fine! just make sure it's draft-free and put some low-hanging heat lamps in there. Raise the lamps weekly until the chicks are fully-feathered (4-5 weeks old).
     
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    Well I was kinda thinking that same thing, just wasn't sure . Guess I needed to hear it from someone who chicks & knows what their talking about. Thanks...
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    There's a reason you see so many brooder set-ups on BYC: many people here are in urban areas and don't have large coops where they can separate out chicks. I've got just 2 chicks in a large rubbermaid tote in the living room right now. If I had property & a large coop or barn, I would definitely go the route you're going.

    You may be surprised how quickly 50 chicks fill up a 4x6' room.

    An hour ago my little munchkins were running around the house (and then I was wandering around with papertowels looking for miniature land mines).
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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