How much room in the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happylittlehens, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. happylittlehens

    happylittlehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much room do the chicks need in the brooder? I am getting about 8 small pullets (just getting feathers) today and am thinking the extra large rubbermaid tote I was planning on using might not be big enough. Help! Thanks
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Here's one guideline:

    .5 sq ft per chicken up to 2 weeks
    1 sq ft per chicken, 2-4 weeks
    2.5 sq ft per chicken, 4-8 weeks

    They are probably big enough to need 8 sq ft now.
     
  3. happylittlehens

    happylittlehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I ended up with 2 day old chicks...so they have plenty of room for a little while! Thanks though! Now I 'll know as they start growing.
     

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