Is 3 chicks too few for brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by marywallin, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. marywallin

    marywallin New Egg

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    I have a backyard coop with 5 hens, and would like to have a few more. Our village's maximum is 8, so I can't get more than 3. I know they need to crowd together for warmth,so am I asking for trouble raising only 3?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    3 chicks will keep each other company just fine. It will be up to you to provide a brooder environment where they are comfortable. Nothing wrong with brooding a small batch like that. Not a thing.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I currently have just 2 chicks in my brooder. They do just fine. As previously stated, as long as you keep the brooder at an acceptable temp they wont need to pile (which is a bad thing in my opinion, too much of a risk of someone getting squished). Good luck!
    Nikki
     
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    they cannot 'keep" eachother warm, you have to provide heat.
     

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