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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dragonthehunter, Mar 9, 2016.
Hey I just have a few questions like
How many inches deep does a chick brooder have to be?
If you have a screened top to it, then you can get away with it being pretty low...just a little higher than the chicks on top of their bedding. Don't forget to accommodate the height of whatever you use for feeding/watering though.
ETA: My chicks could jump about a foot high when they were 2 1/2 weeks old. Now they're 7 weeks old and can clear 3 feet.
Ok so a foot and over a half is ok
Yep, I started out with a foot high brooder with window screens on top. Moved them into something 3 foot tall at 3 weeks because I wanted to give them the chance to exercise their wings and practice roosting.
Do chicks need grower food after they become 8weeks?
Yes, but the only significant difference between starter and grower feed is the size of the particles, so if you have some starter food left over just finish it and then buy grower feed (or keep it for your next batch of chicks )
So if I have alot of chick starter feed the I can use it instead of grower?
You may indeed
Anyone have ideas for a diy chick waterer?
I used this inverted cup (with a couple scissor holes on the rim) and plastic deli cup for the first 1.5 weeks. Fill the tall cup with water, place deli cup upside down on top of tall cup and flip, let deli cup fill with water. I had to clean out bedding and refill about 3-4 times perday, but the babies loved it...after that they went to horizontal nipples.