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how big a brooder?

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

  1. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    how big a brooder for 20 chicks?
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    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

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    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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