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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nxb161, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. nxb161

    nxb161 Out Of The Brooder

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    I started out with a cardboard box, but after a day I updated to a storage tub I had laying around the house. Then a week and a half later I realize these chicks are a lot more active than a imagined (this is my first time w/ chickens)
    I added a second tub, and a breezeway inbetween them. Also had to build a second screen to cover them. As soon as I take the cover off one of them flies to the top to hang out. I only got them on the 6th, can't wait until they can go outside!



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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Good for you. IMO, they need space. Also, they should be able to get away from the heat if they choose. Note the chicks in the far corner. Here's what I consider minimal:

    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: 4 sq ft per chick
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013
  3. nxb161

    nxb161 Out Of The Brooder

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    I took some measurements and right now I'm at 1.5sq ft per chick. I have a few weeks before I need to add another addition. After that I should be good to move them into their outside home. I like that they can go from one area to "get away" from the other chicks if I give them a treat. Silly buggers have the habit of stealing from each other's beaks.
     

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