My Makeshift Brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SamanthaBrooke, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its about 3-4 foot long, doesn't look that big but I did measure it haha, and a giant Tractor Supply brooder light, I'm so excited for the chicks arrival on Thursday or Friday, please cross your fingers that all 30 make it here a live and healthy!!! they are connected with a massive amount of tape, never can have enough :D

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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    That will work well at fist, but 30 chicks are going to outgrow that brooder very quickly! Ideally you should aim for 1 sqf per chick, minimum, if they're going to spent 5-6 weeks in the brooder.

    I'd also suggest you position the light a bit higher, so it's not so close to the cardboard, just in case. They give off quite a lot of heat and it would be tragic if it sets the box on fire.

    Enjoy your chicks!
     
  3. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yah, that's just temporary!! I did change the light and put it on a large lamp post clamped and hung to the ceiling, I let it run for an hour and the temps true was too low, I need to tinker with it some more! It was suggested on a different website that for the first 4 weeks bantams be kept in smaller surrounding as they can get 'lost' not sure how true that is but I'm not taking an risks!

    Thank you for looking in!
     

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