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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rays123, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. rays123

    rays123 Songster

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    how big a brooder for 20 chicks?
     

  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    You can start with a smaller brooder with baby chicks... perhaps 3x3' for 20 chicks, with a lamp in one corner. But within about 3 weeks they will outgrow it, and you'll have to move up to larger containment for them.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    20 chicks can comfortably stay in a 3 X 3 brooder for about 2 weeks, then you've got to expand. My 25 chicks did well in a 4.5 X 2.5 brooder until they were ready to roam about the coop at 5 weeks. (This is without adult birds present)
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009

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