Getting New chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by andrew3waz, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. andrew3waz

    andrew3waz Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey,

    I am getting 25 chicks and I am wondering how big my brooder should be? I order some different breeds and I am wondering on there compatibility? I got 5 Polish Golden Laced, 5 Buff Orpintons, 5 Ameraucana, 5 New Hampshire and 5 Black Cochin. I probaly should have ask this first but I don't want my chickens to come when it is to cold the. the chicks should come next Friday maybe the next so it would be nice to know ASAP[​IMG]

    Thanks,
    andrew3waz
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Here's the recommended space requirements for chicks in a brooder:


    Up to 2 weeks: 0.5 sq ft per chick
    2-4 weeks: 1 sq ft per chick
    4-8 weeks: 2.5 sq ft per chick
    over 8 weeks: 4 sq ft per chick


    It isn't always possible to provide as much space, but use that as a guide and try and get as close as possible to it and you'll be fine. Enjoy your chicks!
     
  3. andrew3waz

    andrew3waz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, sumi

    I am going to build a box the size of a twin bed and use that for the first 2-3 weeks inside. Then I will do something biger in the insalated heated coop and keep them in there until they can go outside.
    Thanks,
    andrew3waz:D
     
  4. ladywolf

    ladywolf Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for posting this! I did not start this thread but your answer helped me!
     
  5. andrew3waz

    andrew3waz Out Of The Brooder

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    Yup any time! Does anybody know about the comparability?
     

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