Is this big enough for 4 chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MandyCandy, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. MandyCandy

    MandyCandy New Egg

    Mar 17, 2013
    Littleton, CO
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It will be okay to start out. but they will be flying out of it by 2 weeks old. If you can find a huge box for free, they make good brooders. Kiddie pools work well too, but you might need to add some netting to the top since they can fly out of a 2 ft. tall brooder pretty quickly.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Since chicks quickly outgrow a small brooder, it doesn't make much sense to bother with them in the first place. A cardboard box works just as well as their first stop, receiving blanket station. By the end of the first week, it is amazing to see how they fly, scurry and jump about. At 3 weeks, they'll fly right out of a 16" high tub, as shown.

    So, a large cardboard box is plenty good for the first week or so. Then, you're gonna need something much more spacious as they grow out really, really fast. Then, at 6-7 weeks, it's time to head to more permanent housing. It happens in a blur.
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    This tote is 3 sq. ft. You need 2 sq. ft. per bird in the brooder to keep them thru 5 weeks in it. 1 sq. ft. per bird for the 1st 2 weeks. then 2 sq. ft. per bird for the last 3 weeks. So you are looking for a box that is 12 sq. ft. ( 3' by 4'). This is for large fowl.
    For bantams, halve all the sq. footages. It is always best to give the chicks room to roam. Cramped quarters stress them at a time when they should only be thinking about robust growth.
    Karen in wetsern PA, USA

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