Chicks in a brooder

jammo

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 9, 2009
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How many chicks can you have at one time in a brooder. That is 30in long by 19in wide and 24in high, with 2 60 watt lava lamp light bulbs in oppisite corners. We have wheaton and bantys.
 

azelgin

Songster
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Jan 18, 2008
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I depends on how long you are going to keep them in there until moving the critters to a bigger place. You'll need about 1 sq. ft. of brooder space for each chick up to 8 weeks. 1/2 size that for bantams. I raised 30 in a 5' x 4' brooder to 8 weeks. Wall to wall chickens by the time they were that age.
 

Gonzo

Songster
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May 25, 2009
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I totally agree with azelgin! The smaller the space, the more likely you'll have problems. Chicks could be trampled, or picking could be a problem. Also, smalle chicks could be starved out at feed times. I kept my in 2 smaller groups, in 30 gallon storage totes from the dollar store.

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