New chicks How long do I keep them in the brooder.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by New Momma, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. New Momma

    New Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    By no means are we ready for them to be out of the brooder yet We are still working on the kinks in the chicken coop! Anyway We bought 6 red pullets from tractor supply Sadly 1 passed away but the others are alive and well. We assume when we got them they were at least 5 days old and now they should be about 1 weed and a half. They have their wing feathers in and have been transported to a bigger brooder than before but what I want to know is how long do we keep them in their brooder? It is sort of cold out right now actually its really cold out but u assume by the time summer comes around here in Texas which is in about a month for us LOL They would be out of the brooder. anyway How long is the standard brooder time?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The standard answer is, for to six weeks, til fully feathered. But a lot of people would put them in the coop at 3 weeks. Not sure where yours are, but I won't brood them in the house at all. They would be in a separate area in my coop with a heat lamp, and would probably not be interested in the heat lamp within a couple more weeks, or sooner, judging by past experience.

    I like to share this thread, for those reluctant to brood outdoors, in case you are:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/735392/redneck-fungshui-brooding-17-degree-temperatures/0_20
     
  3. New Momma

    New Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    We have our brooders in the garage :)
     
  4. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting this. I read two months which sounds crazy.
     
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    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do they need the warming light?? I read conflicting reports. I'm in zone 7. NW GA.
    Thanks
     
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    aropp87 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our brooder is in our basement, we've been planning to move them to the coop when they're feathered...should I move the brooder outside and cover it with chicken wire to keep the stray cats out? Is it bad to brood inside?
     
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    pipsypeach Out Of The Brooder

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    We are going to put our in the bathroom we never use. Planning on placing them in the tub and hanging the heat lamp from the shower curtain rod. Should I put any kind of pine shavings or hay in the bottom of the tub?
     
  8. New Momma

    New Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I would Put Pine shavings in the bottom for the chicks to Scratch in and keep their balance the bathtub might be sorta slippery as well as keep the chicks warm
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I was checking a large hatchery's website this morning for something else, and noticed that they do not recommend brooding chicks in human living space. I was glad to see this, as it has been common to brood them in homes, even living rooms. Chicks make a huge amount of dust, from their fluff, the litter, and even dried poop. I decided some time ago I would never brood insoors again -- and the dust and particulates in the air were awful the one time I did it, even though it was in a spare bedroom with the door closed.
     
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  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with you Flockwatcher. After my last experience, I said... NEVER AGAIN! And that was with 6 chicks in a rubber maid tote for less than 10 days, before I kicked them down to the basement in a "tractor-brooder" until they were ready to go out. It was horrible, and exacerbated by the fact that both I and my grand-dtr have asthma.
     

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