I'm finally getting chicks this May - some questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Reinbeau, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I'm planning on getting 15 chicks from the local feed and grain this May. Three of each RI Reds, Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Ameraucanas and Golden Laced Wyandottes.

    Would the 35 gallon Rubbermaid type brooder be ok for that many chicks?

    How long could they stay in there?

    I've got two young cats who I know are going to be a PITA about the chicks, so I'll have to make sure there's a secure top, etc.

    They should be sheltered for six weeks or so, and during that time, you lower the temp by 5 degrees or so a week, correct?

    Hubby is making the coop plans finally, I'm so happy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Yes. They will out grow it in 3 maybe 4 weeks. The ideal setup is 1 sq ft per chick as they approach 4 weeks of age.

    Quote:Yes, decrease by 5 degrees each week. If you notice them huddling or your temps are still wintery they will need heat longer and at a higher temps. Watch them for the sign of being too hot or too cold. They will tell you what they need.

    Good luck with your chicks.
     

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