How much room does 21 chicks need with feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by superkid, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. superkid

    superkid Hatching

    Feb 15, 2009
    please help me i have 21 chicks and they are growing feathers and i want to know how much room they need and when they can go without the heat lamp ok well then.....................BYE!
  2. Quella

    Quella Songster

    Dec 20, 2008
    I'm not too sure, I've never actually kept chickens. But My Pet chicken (yes, most of my information relies on that site, and several books) says to have 2 sq ft per chick, because they're growing. "Living With Chickens" says about 1 sq ft. Have no idea, I'm sure people have kept chicks in smaller spaces before and they were happy the whole way along. Good'luckers!
  3. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    I have 18 chicks (now, some died). I'm not actually sure either, but i know that they need enough room, but not too much

    [sorry, that didn't really help]
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Depends what they are... I can fit 2 dozen japanese bantam chicks in a 36x18" aquarium for about 4-6weeks but I bet I couldn't even put 5 standard chicks in there for that long. I'd probably lean towards the 2 sq ft for standards as a rough guide.
  5. fargosmom

    fargosmom Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    Hey Superkid -
    How old are your chicks? Temperature-wise, you're supposed to start at 95 degrees the first week, then drop 5 degrees each week till they're fully feathered (around 6-8 weeks I think). As for how much room - just keep in mind that if they feel too crowded they might start beating up on one another from stress - so more room is always a good thing. If they're still small little chickies you can get away with smaller space, but as they get bigger they of course need more room. How big is the space they're in right now?

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