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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fledgling, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our brooder is 4 feet long, 2 feet wide and 2 feet high. It looks great, nice lamp, water containers, feed containers, thermometer, etc...

    BUT, we ordered 30 chicks. Do we need more room?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    You will need a bigger area in about 2.5 weeks.
     
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Maybe not the first few days, but after that you definitely will.
     
  4. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha. I can cover the sides of an extra large dog crate, get a second lamp, etc... would that be enough room? Two different breeds so maybe not such a bad idea anyway.

    Also, the coop should be finished in 4 weeks. The nights here are in the 60s and the days in 80s. Can they stay in the brooders at night and the coop during the day when they reach about 3 weeks of age?
     
  5. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can stay in the coop right away if you have your heat lamp out there, and there is enough room under it. You may need two heat lamps for that many in a coop outside.

    And with temps like those they can definitely go outside in a few weeks, as long as they can get under the light sometimes.

    The faster they get introduced to cooler temps, the faster they will feather out. Broody mamas take the babies out at a few days old, and they run back under her when they get cold. They can do that at a few weeks old the same way, with a heat lamp. As long as they dont get wet or very chilled.
     
  6. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your advice!
     

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