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Chicks coming next week - brooder question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jhuff8181, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Jhuff8181

    Jhuff8181 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I have 16 chicks coming from Ideal next week, 8 Barred Rocks and 8 New Hampshire Reds. My brooder is 3 feet by 5 feet. It seems a little big. I was thinking about using a divider to reduce the size, then remove it as they grow. How much room do they need to begin with?

    John
     
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is what I use

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  3. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Each chick needs about 1/2 square foot until they are 2 weeks old. You could section part of it off, but remember to make it a little big just in case they send some packing peanuts.
     
  4. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 X 5 may seem big now, but by 6~8 weeks it will be wall to wall chickens. We raised 25 in a 4 X 5 and it was too small. We have ten in there now. I have the light (250w) in the center to one side and they can roam the whole thing. This lets them pick the area where the temperature suits them best and I don't have to worry about them getting cooked. The light is also on a thermostat and I'll turn it down as time goes by and they need less heat.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  6. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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    I think you should build a divider, but wait until you get the chicks and see how they react before you put it in. It may seem big, but you don't know about any extras!
     

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