Can I use Wire for floor?

eric23

Hatching
8 Years
Feb 22, 2011
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My babies are now 2 1/2 weeks old. Is it OK that I put them on 1/2" square welded wire??
 

Dar

Crowing
11 Years
Jul 31, 2008
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i wouldn't wire can be hard on the feet... toes get stuck ... legs get twisted
 

math ace

Crowing
10 Years
Dec 17, 2009
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Jacksonville, FL
I use wire, but cover it with mulch. I also lay plywood over it on cold days to help insulate.

For my big chickens, I lay hay over it too. I keep my hay clean and dry so I don't have to worry about mold when using it.
 

Mak

Songster
10 Years
Dec 12, 2009
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Londonderry, NH
I brooded my chicks last year on a GQF brooder with 1/2" wire flooring. They did great. No leg problems and most of the poop fell thru to the bottom tray, lined with newspaper. Easy to clean. I'm putting this year's batch in there, as well.
 

kuntrygirl

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
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Opelousas, Louisiana
I have used in my outside brooders for yeard and there has never been a problem. No leg problems at all. VERY easy to clean. The poop falls right through.
 

SundownWaterfowl

Crowing
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
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Southern Columbia County NY
I raise all my chicks on wire from a day old up until they are big enough to be moved into the coop. Once I move them out of the incubator they go into one of these http://www.tractorsupply.com/small-...ware-manufacturing-large-rabbit-hutch-2179342 I got 2 when they were on sale. They were great for the chicks. Once about 4-5 weeks old they get moved into one of these
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All of my wire brooders like that have 1/4" hardware cloth on the bottom. They stay outside up about 3 inches off the ground.
 

Bahachick

In the Brooder
9 Years
Dec 21, 2010
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Nassau
Absolutely no issues. Poop either falls through or I hose it down. Very easy to keep it clean. Mind you I live in the tropics so cold is not an issue.
 

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