How big do you make your brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tjs, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. tjs

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    I am going to be brooding my first order of 15 chicks. I am going to put my brooder in the coop as the weather is very worm (hot). How much room what size should the brooder area be? How many feeders/waters should I have?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    The first week or two the brooder should be smaller, than you should make it bigger after 2 weeks. When under 2 weeks mine are in a 28x55 box brooder, I generally brood 10-25, than they go to a 3x10, than at 4-6 weeks I start letting them out to integrate.
     
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    Thank you. My coop is 4x8 so after 2 weeks in the brooder box I should give then the run of the full coop. I plan on only keeping 4-5 birds for my flock. The rest will go in the freezer.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That's what I would do too.
     

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