Is it time to increase the brooder size?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happymanny, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. happymanny

    happymanny Just Hatched

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    Hello guys, I have 10 chicks that are 16 days old. They are growing at an alarming rate. That said, is there a rule of thumb on how much space they need in the brooder? I know its too soon to take them outside, but it's starting to seem crowded, at least to me.




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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    1-2sq feet per chick.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed. I like to give them 2 s.f./chick by the time they are 2 - 3 weeks old. A lot depends on the number of chicks. With a large brood of chicks, they can have a bit less sq. ft. per chick, and still have plenty of room to play.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Chicks double in size each week, and their space needs double each week as well. The good news is that after 6 weeks, the growth rate does begin to slow down.
    A basic guideline is as follows -
    1 week - 1/4 sq ft per chick
    2 weeks - 1/2 sq ft per chick
    3 weeks - 1 sq ft per chick
    4 weeks - 2 sq ft per chick
    5 weeks - 4 sq ft per chick
    6 weeks - 8 sq ft
    Past 6 weeks, they have about the same space needs as adults. It is much simpler to start with a large enough brooder from the start rather than constantly having to increase the space.
     
  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    I raised 42 Light Sussex to 12 weeks old @ 2sq. Ft. Per bird and had no problems. By 5 weeks , most breeds are feathered out enough to go into the regular coop. I kept mine in grow out pens because I was wanting to select for a Breeding program . it was easier to eval the chicks in 7 bird groups. I had each group of 7 in one of those triple thick cardboard corrals they use for watermelons To the grocery store. Each one ( called a Gaylord in the industry) is 15 sq. Ft. I had no stress issues with the 7 corrals containing a total of 42 juvenile Light Sussex that season.
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