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New at this - starting with 4 baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FriscoRaven, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. FriscoRaven

    FriscoRaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all! I am brand new to backyard chickens and am getting started with my first chickens in the next few weeks. I am planning to start with just 4 baby chicks and see how that goes before diving into the big leagues!

    I have a few questions, the first being about the brooder. What size does it need to be to keep the chicks in? I plan to keep them in my garage (it is not heated but has power so heat lamps won't be an issue). I also don't want to spend a signficant amount of time/money on the brooder since I don't know if I will be getting more chicks down the road.

    Any advice, recommendations, or comments?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Gypsy Blue

    Gypsy Blue Out Of The Brooder

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    Well a Tupperware tub from walmart works well, or do as we did and use a really big cardboard box :) Of course we have 18 fuzzy butts. There's tons of strings with all different methods and they all seem to work. Oh and beware chicken math... my 6 = 18 lol....

    Brooder, heat, water, food and lovies... If you've got that it's a good start!
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] We have a few nice brooder designs here for you to look at: Chicken Brooders The recommended size for chicks are:

    Up to 2 weeks: 0.5 sq ft per chick
    2-4 weeks: 1 sq ft per chick
    4-8 weeks: 2.5 sq ft per chick
    Over 8 weeks: 4 sq ft per chick

    Make sure you have a brooder with a cover of some sort as chicks are amazing little escape artists! They can fly from a surprisingly young age and once they are out... They can run fast too!
     
  4. Gypsy Blue

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    See? Lots of people with lots of knowledge here :)
     

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