can I use a bird cage for baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sheeshshe, May 6, 2009.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bird cage that is a good size and thought that it would be perfect for baby chicks... It has the grate at the bottom so that their poop would fall through and land in the tray, making it so that they aren't stepping in their poop. Is this a good idea or is it a bad idea to use the cage for raising the chicks? do they need the soft bedding under their feet instead of the grate? will the cage make it so that they aren't as warm as say a box?

    I can use a box if need be, I just didn't know which was preferable... I noticed that using a small animal cage was recommended on the chick raising page... but I wasn't sure if that was the type of cage with a grate at the bottom or not. [​IMG]

    Thank you!!! My chicks arrive in 2 days!!!!

    ETA: I am getting 4 chicks.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2009
  2. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    with 4 chicks, you should be fine! Just put some cardboard around the sides to hold the heat in, and keep drafts away. I had mine in a large birdcage, but the cage was on it's side so they had more room. I also has more than 4 chicks! They'll quickly outgrow any brooder, so you'll be fine!
     
  3. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so it is fine that they don't have the bedding stuff to walk in then? its ok for their little feet on the grate?
     
  4. 4hooves&featheredfriends

    4hooves&featheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would recommend using paper towel for the first week, rather than allowing them to be on the grate. The grate might put unnecessary stress on their legs and toes.
     
  5. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good idea. thank you! I will do just that then [​IMG]
     
  6. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a ferret cage and lined the bottom and sides (about 8 inches up) with cardboard. Then I used shavings in the bottom with very little spillage. With just a few chicks, as long as you top off the shavings every day and clean it once a week, the mess isn't bad.
     

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