How much room do they need in the brooder? Cage? Help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Berritt, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Berritt

    Berritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2010
    I have them in a little rubbermaid tub and it seems to be getting tight. I have 4 chicks and they are supposedly 3 weeks old, so ... how much space per chick do they need at what age? I want to make them something a little bigger, or buy a pet cage, but I want them to be able to stay in it until they go outside to their coop.

    Would these cages work?

    I like this one because it's biggest, and tallest. I caught a baby sitting on top of the feeder today. I think they want to jump and fly.

    Would they LIKE a ramp? Do they get bored? Can they climb up there, or is that a recipe for injury? I'm not handy with building things (I have no woodworking tools) so I'd just as soon buy a cage for them. Plus, I can use a cage if I ever have an injured bird, right?
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    Don't waste your money! Just go get a larger storage tote. They are great as brooders, and you can use it for other things when they're done with it. I would just add some larger things for them to jump on and play with. They love mirrors and bells, (small cat toy with a bell in it)
    I hope this helps.... I'd just hate for you to spend a gynormous about of cash for something they won't use very long. [​IMG] Plus the storage totes protect them from drafts, & hold heat better.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 8, 2010
  3. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    With the above pictured cages, the chicks could get a draft. A tote is cheaper and draft free. One of these threads has great pics. I used them as a model. Mine works great. Clear plastic so I could see them better. Cost $11 @ walmart.
  4. homeschoolmama

    homeschoolmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Flagstaff, AZ
    As for space needed-I saw on here somewhere that they need

    6 sq inches/chick for about the 1st month
    1 sq ft/chick @ 4-8 weeks
    2 sq ft/chick @ 8-12 weeks
    3-4 sq ft/chick @ 12+ weeks
  5. TMecklenborg

    TMecklenborg Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I am planning to use a cage very much like that first one, with the ramp. I wouldn't go out and buy one as a brooder, but I happened to have it already. I'm picking up my chicks tomorrow, so I'll let you know how it works!
  6. CKMom

    CKMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    cooped up
    I used the largest rubbermaid type container I could find at target. I made a screen top for it and it worked til they were several weeks old. Then I went to the grocery store and got a watermelon box. It had a wood bottom and great double sided walls. I used it until they were 6 weeks old and went to the coop outside. It was free for the taking.
  7. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm used the rubbermaid create as well till I got the brooder built (I have some woodworking skills lol) but the create worked great it was the biggest Wal-mart had I believe it was a 74 qrt (don't quote me on that) but A friend of mine always use a frig or watermellon box so I know those work just as well as anything. However the cages that you are looking at wouldn't work, the two with the slide/ramps would be to slick for them to get up and down plus once they get bigger (they grow super fast) the top of the cage and the landing there would not have enough room for them to fit into it.
    So do not waste your money on them cages use the crates or a really tall big box.

    Good luck to you
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2010
  8. Berritt

    Berritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2010

    Now I need to figure out how to make a box cat proof. Ollie keeps looking at the chicks and licking his chops.
  9. Knives26

    Knives26 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2016
    I used my guest tube I've got 12 chicks
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    My brooder, which is a big livestock water tank, is covered with hardware cloth. Your cat will love a chicken dinner! Mary

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