- Aug 20, 2014
My wife and I wanted to start raising chicks. We went to a hatchery and ordered 2 breeds Ameruacana (sp) and Black Sex Link. Well my wife wasn't really sure about the next part. The minimum order per breed is 25!!! So the Black sex link are coming straight run and the Amer's are female. So we plan on using the excess roosters for meat. Now onto why I am posting this under this title. I didn't realize how many chickens we were receiving because our initial plan was 10-20 total. The brooder I am building I wanted to be sturdy and reusable. So I used a plan off of this website and constructed a 5ftx3ftx4ft high rectangle. Well then once I realized that we are getting 52 chickens I determined this isnt gonna work and maybe I can use it for a broody hen to hatch for further breeding. So my dilema is what to do now???? I am also currently constructing a coop into the current structure of our barn. I have a 20ftx20ft garage that I am dedicating the floor space to brooding these chicks. Should I just section off an area with cardboard but my bedding material straight on the concrete and make a stand for my light? Or, should I construct some sort of brooder? (maybe giving each breed there own brooder?) I am looking for suggestions please feel free to tell me im crazy and whatever else but at least make sure there is something constructive included in all ideas. So thank you again in advance.