In the Brooder
8 Years
Dec 14, 2011
My first chicks are in an old pack and play. I had a rubbermaid tote but just happened on an old pack and play and thought it would work better.

My question is when should you start covering the chicks so they do not fligh/jump out?

Does clipping the flight feathers stop them from being able to clear the 2 foot high sides?
It kind of depends on the breed. My penes can jump out of a 2.5' container at 1 week. I'd put a lid on it. I never clip flight feathers but at a couple weeks of age, I definitely wouldn't.

I'd give them a large enough space that they don't want to jump out.
That way they will have a range of temps to choose their comfort zone(as in nature) rather than the temp you choose.
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Chicken Canoe is right. Mine were jumping out by bout 2 weeks. Lots of space will help. Some breeds are more active. My EE's like to leave as soon as they can and my wyandottes never tried. Have fun.

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