Homemade Brooder Capacity - how many is 'crowded'?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Trillium, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. Trillium

    Trillium Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first button quail brood, so I'm all about the newbie questions! [​IMG] Thanks for bearing with me. If you only know the following answer for chickens, I can try to judge from your knowledge there on what is right. I'd like any input at this point.

    There are so many pictures on the net of about one dozen chicks in a small aquarium brooder. I'm starting to wonder how many is too many? I am raising button quail (chinese painted quail) chicks. I have 11 in one ten gallon tank. The first few days, when the chicks are tiny, can be very decieving! It's day four, and I'm wondering what to do as they are growing fast. What is the normal amount of chicks in an aquarium brooder?
     
  2. Trillium

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    No one knows? Hmmm... [​IMG]
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    It's always easy to put a lot more in a brooder than will fit in a week. It's amazing how quickly they outgrow brooders.

    You'll just have to play it by ear & move them once they seem crowded!
     
  4. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, you have to kinda play it by ear like the other person said. 2 weeks ago when mine were day olds life in the brooder was great and now......getting a little tight and they are trying to flap around.....I think I am gonna be talking to dh about a new house for the chicks soon! [​IMG]
     
  5. Trillium

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    Thanks for the replies. [​IMG] My little black and orange quails (how fitting is that for halloween?! I didn't even plan it. lol) are going to be separated today into 2 tanks I think. They're starting to get their feathers on their wings, so that seems fitting. Again, thanks for the input!
     
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