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Need help decideing when to get chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Livinzoo, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    I have two batches of chicks coming (I got the bug) These will be my first chicks. The first set are actually 4 ducks with packing peanuts (roo chicks). I don't know how many peanuts there will be. The second batch is from a breeder and will be 20+extras BLRW and cochins.

    Should I try to do all of these at once, or should I stagger them? If I stagger them how many weeks should I give between shipments? Keeping in mind these are my first chicks, but I have kept and still have many animals. (including parrots I handfed).

    I'm planning on brooding the ducks separate cause of their messiness, but don't know if I should brood the chicks all together (if I get them at the same time) or keep them separated.

    Also how big of a brooder would 20+ chicks need?

    Thanks for any and all advice.
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I think it would be fine to get them all together if your up to it. I also don't see any problem keeping all of the chicks in the same brooder to start off with. With that many chicks, it sounds like a childs swimming pool might be the best set up to start with. See the brooders post section. Good luck with them all! They are soooo fun! [​IMG]
  3. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Oh my god..DUCKS!! First rule for ducks is space...

    Inside brooder- 10 sq ft per duck for first two weeks, add 15 for each week after that

    Outside run- 100 sq ft per duck, be sure you have access to a lake full time

    Inside Coop- 50 sq ft per duck, clean out daily

    Haha! That is what ya gotta have for easy duck keepage!!! Any duck owner will agree!

    BTW- this is a joke.... so laugh and cower in fear at the work ahead of you.

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