How big of a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mytwogirls, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. mytwogirls

    mytwogirls Out Of The Brooder

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    I will be getting 12 chicks. How big of a brooder do ya'll reccomend I build? [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We actually used a very large box, and it survived two rounds of chicks.... We didn't have to build anything. [​IMG]
     
  3. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    I used a extra dog cage, worked great.
     
  4. mytwogirls

    mytwogirls Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks ya'll I thought that would work but just wanted to make sure. [​IMG]
     
  5. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try getting a pumpkin box from the grocery store...you know the octagon shaped ones that fold flat? They keep them from jumping out for a long time [​IMG]
     
  6. adkins90

    adkins90 Truly Obsessed...

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    I use the plastic totes from the local Wal Mart...should work great for 12 chicks. I have also used large cardboard boxes my husband would bring home from the shop...also worked great.

    Michelle
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of people use plastic tubs. I use a large fish tank.
     
  8. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all they need for space is 1/2 foot per chick
     
  9. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked this same question not to long ago, my dozen will be coming in April, and was told that up to 4 wks they should have 6 sq inches each and then 9 sq inches after that. Then it goes up to about 4 sq FEET as adults depending on your breed size.
     
  10. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use a plastic or metal stock tank, they work great if you have one. If not, a big carboard box works too
     

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