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How much space for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yknowthatgirl, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. yknowthatgirl

    yknowthatgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    I have a 48"x32" space for my chicks. How many do you think I could fit comfortably in there towards the end of them being in the brooder once they're feathered and about ready to go into the coop?

    Basically, I'm not concerned about fitting as many as I can, as this would be my first bunch of chicks and I'm only looking for a few hens. But I would like to know your opinions.

    Thanks!
     
  2. slkyldy4evr

    slkyldy4evr Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say comfortably, about 15-25
     
  3. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Depending on what breeds you get, 15-25. My primary brooder is 48"x24" and I can keep 15 comfortably for 3-4 weeks. Yours is bigger so you could keep a few more. By week 4, I have to attach another 3'x2' extension to give them more room.
     
  4. yknowthatgirl

    yknowthatgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I plan on getting some Marans, Ameraucanas, Welsummer, and maybe Lakenvelders
     
  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    All your beeds are considered large fowl.
    chicken math.
    Brooder. Large fowl,
    1 sq. ft. per chick till 4 weeks.
    From 4-6 weeks 1.5 sq. ft. per chick.
    6-12 weeks, 1.5 to 2 sq. ft. per bird.
    12 weeks to adult, 4 sq.. ft.. per bird.
    ( 1/2 all these numbers for bantam breeds.
    grown birds, 4 sq. ft. inside the coop per bird.
    outside 10 sq. ft. per bird.
    1/2 all these numbers for bantam breeds.

    Your brooder is basically 3ft. x 4 ft. so 12 sq. ft. area,
    fits large fowl breed:
    12 chicks to 4 weeks old
    8 chicks from 4-6 weeks old
    6 chicks rom 6-12 weeks old.
    3 birds older than 12 weeks.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2017
  6. lazy gardener

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    After 3 weeks, I prefer minimum of 2 s.f./chick. By 3 weeks, my chicks have the full run of 4 x 8 loft enclosed coop space and 8 x 12 fully enclosed run. I use a heating pad brooder for them.
     
  7. yknowthatgirl

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    Isn't that too cold for them? Everything I've read has been staying they should be under the heat lamp until 5 weeks or fully feathered?
     
  8. slkyldy4evr

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    I wouldn't risk it, all chicks are different so maybe they got lucky, but I think that 3 weeks is pushing it.
     
  9. lazy gardener

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  10. slkyldy4evr

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    I didn't see where you said they had a heat pad. I agree with having one for them to go to if they want it. I use the EcoGlow 20 for my ducklings and chicks and it works great.
     

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