How big do you make your brooder

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?
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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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.
 

tjs

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May 24, 2017
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Illinois
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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