How many chicks can I raise in a brooder this size?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happyhens, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many chicks can I raise in a brooder that is 4 ft. X 4 ft. X 3'H? I want to raise them in that until they are feathered out enough to go to the big chicken's coop (6 wks.?) Thanks!
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Starting off the peeps will need 1/2 square foot per bird. You have 16 square feet in your brooder, so 32 to start, however by the time they are 4 weeks old they need 3/4 square foot per bird, and by 8 weeks they will need 1 square ft per bird. I would think 15 chicks would work well. Most folks crowd more than I would. I'm sure others have a opinion. This is what I recommend for 16 square feet. Good Luck.

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  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I agree with bigzio on how many would safely fit in that size brooder for that length of time ....chicks won't feather out enough by 6 weeks tho...it takes 8 to 10 weeks for fully feathered and then they still need a heat lamp in this weather....
     
  4. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It won't be in this weather, I am not ordering chicks until spring (mid-march or april). Thanks for the advice! Could I squeeze 20 chicks in, if they can go out in the big coop when they are 6 weeks (since it will be in the spring)? That's how many pullets I was hoping to order, plus some bantams that will be in a different brooder.
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    At 6 weeks your adults will pick on them if you put then together. If you can keep them outside by themselves a heat light may still be needed. You can do 20 up to six weeks with the size you have.
     

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