how long can I keep them in stock tank??(pics)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pozarnsk, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. pozarnsk

    pozarnsk Out Of The Brooder

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    I have just recieved 55 day olds in the mail and have them in two stock tanks. I have found myself a little behind on outfitting the barn/run and am wondering how long I can keep them in here?

    3-4 weeks? More?

    Thanks


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  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    3 to 4 weeks is a good estimate, those are some mighty big tanks! You may be able to go a week longer if you need to, but the dust they kick up is unreal.
     
  3. pozarnsk

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    Those pine shreds I'm using don't really get dusty. Its amazing how they keep the smell down. I'm starting to wonder if the coop will even smell if I use them in there as well. Maybe I'm being too optimistic...... [​IMG]

    If I can keep them in the tanks for 5 weeks I think I'll stop panicking.
     
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    As they get older, they'll kick up more dust...believe me, it's nasty. I kept mine in the kitchen and had to dust everything everyday.

    I think you'll be able to keep them in there for 5 weeks. I had to keep 31 five week olds in one brooder because my coop wasn't finished yet.
     
  5. pozarnsk

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    Yeah I'm amazed how fast they grow. I've had them about 4 days now and I swear their wing feathers have grown an inch. When do they start trying to fly out? I don't need to be chasing chickens around the garage.
     
  6. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I'm trying to remember...I think mine started 'flying' around at about 2 weeks old. They didn't fly out of the brooder until 3 or 4 weeks, I think. If it gets to be a problem, you can tape cardboard sides on the tanks.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They themselves put out a lot of dander dust...it isn't even the shavings that get dusty. It goes everywhere!
     
  8. pozarnsk

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    Great I'm really looking forward to that. Here I thought these pine shavings were some sort of miracle cure......
     
  9. GRAM49

    GRAM49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have got a really cool set-up. I have my little 9 in a very large tote and my hubby is in panic mode to come up with another container as they start to grow.
    Gram
     
  10. pozarnsk

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    Yeah so far so good, if people here are right and they start making a mess and stinking they may have to move out early or the wifey might "off" them. I better work faster, but there are only so many hours in the day......
     

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