How long should I use the box?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chasot, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. chasot

    chasot Out Of The Brooder

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    First, Total chicken noob here.

    We just got 8 rir hens thurs. morning, had 1 die thurs. night,but the other 7 seem happy and active.

    the box is 18"x26" in size. It is in the kitchen @ 75 deg. I am using a 75 watt bulb for heat.

    I have another box to use next 20"x35" but I don't think 75 or 100 wt. bulb would keep it warm enough yet.

    Is the 18"x26" box large enough to wait untill they are 2 or 3 weeks old?

    How long can I keep them in the 20"x35" box, before I have to have the coop finished ?


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    Thanks, Chas
     
  2. ronniega1

    ronniega1 Out Of The Brooder

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    when i used to raise baby chicks i also used a box now i have a plexyglass brooder for them with a light to keep them warm. you should be using a heat lamp if it is chilly in your kitchen...but soon they will be flying out of the box....when they get crowed they need a bigger one. but you will have to cover it with a screen or they will be jumping all over....lol...ronnie:cd
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You will need a bigger setup within 2 weeks because they will start to fly, so your choice is bigger brooder or setting up the coop with a heater lamp and making that your brooder...we were in the same situation, here's the way it develops (details on our brooder page)-

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=7693-A_Brooder
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2008
  4. chasot

    chasot Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks, I think I'll go to the 20"X35" @ 14" high, in about a week, and get started on the coop asap.

    Get ready "coop & run building" board!!! I'm coming and I got lot's of dumb questions.

    Chas
     

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