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How did this brooder shrink?!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by VeggieGoneEggie, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. VeggieGoneEggie

    VeggieGoneEggie Out Of The Brooder

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    Sigh. My babes are going to outgrow their brooder, aren't they?
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    Curse you, chicken math. This is your fault. 3 somehow became 5 chicks. I am NOT to blame here.

    Okay - what's the easiest / cheapest way to give them more space at this point? They're 1 week old now.
     
  2. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]We use a kiddie pool surrounded with chicken wire, we have 5 chicks as well.
     
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  3. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    build a big brooder box made of wood and hardware cloth... it's fun and you can make it really big to have a lot of tiny chicks lol
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    No need to spend a cent on a nice bigger brooder. Go to any appliance store and ask for a couple of empty cardboard boxes. Before I began brooding outdoors in my run, I would get two big boxes and tape them together and cut a pass-through in the common wall for a two bedroom condo. I set them on two tables and cut access doors into the sides, leaving one side attached to serve as a hinge to open and close it. (See the article linked below on outdoor brooding for pictures of these brooders.)

    Or you can just go ahead and move your chicks into their coop. It's not scripture that you must raise chicks in a box. In fact, the more room they have to run around and fly and jump up onto things, the happier they'll be. Don't misunderstand that chicks need to be kept in a uniformly heated space. All they require is one spot under which to warm themselves. They can handle the rest of their living quarters being quite a bit cooler.
     
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  5. VeggieGoneEggie

    VeggieGoneEggie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!! I couldn't find something big enough that fit my needs (importantly, protection from the dogs) so I just bit the bullet and went to Home Depot for building supplies.

    Here's the end result! 4'x2' - not quite two square feet per chick, but more than double the space they had. They seem to enjoy it! Here's a couple pics, including one where one of my Easter Eggers, Amelia, is doing her best rooster impression... don't you dare, Amelia!

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  6. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Great job! you should be proud of yourself ! what a nice brooder for the birds! you got the dimensions just right! good for you.
    Karen
     
  7. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] great job, I have a few coops to build come on over lol
     

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