I need some advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dragonthehunter, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I just have a few questions like
    How many inches deep does a chick brooder have to be?
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  3. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so a foot and over a half is ok
     
  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do chicks need grower food after they become 8weeks?
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    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 [​IMG])

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  7. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if I have alot of chick starter feed the I can use it instead of grower?
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You may indeed
     
  9. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have ideas for a diy chick waterer?
     
  10. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.

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