New chicks in the house?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenmom1, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. chickenmom1

    chickenmom1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    It is very cold here in New Jersey and I have 30 babies coming in two weeks. If I put them in the dining room, are they going to permanently stink up my house?
  2. Tonya

    Tonya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    Broken Bow, Oklahoma
    the stink is not so bad if you clean often but the dust from them is bad. I have done it but it drives you nuts. But they sure are cute to watch.
  3. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    I have a combined dozen or so Cutornix and Chicken chicks here. Cleaning Every-single-day is the key to keeping the smell down. Otherwise........[​IMG]
  4. KimM

    KimM Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2011
    I agree, the smell is not bad at all if you stay on top of cleaning but the dust gets terrible as they get older and more active.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow!! With 30 I think I might opt for a laundry room... I'm thinking about the dust more than the smell.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Take it from me- you don't want those babies in the house longer than about 3 days. After that, the stench becomes horrible- and the dust is unbelievable.

    The stench you can work at avoiding by changing the litter more frequently etc., but the dust is just unavoidable.

    Soooooo, I would highly recommend a brooder-type hutch with a top (ventilated) in your garage, and check the temperatures to make sure you can achieve 90-95 degrees with no draft for the first week.

    If you cannot achieve such temps in your garage, then you would have to keep them in the house. Also be soooo careful with the heat lamps. Secure them two ways (not dependent on the clamp) because of the risk of fire.

    Personally I use 100 watt bulbs - two or three lamps clustered together as necessary to achieve the perfect temps. I had a heat lamp explode once when I was running it outside under a tarp during the rain. Fortunately the glass shards missed the chicks, but did land in the brooder.
    Here are two good websites on baby chicks (you might know all this already though).
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011
  7. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2010
    When we had chicks last summer they started in the basement and were in there for a few weeks before going outside. The smell wasn't too bad but I cleaned their spot every day.
  8. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I had 30 and yes, they did smell and the dust...WOW!! [​IMG]

    No, the smell was not permanant but my wife and family were not happy with the clean up of said room! [​IMG]

    Yes, it WILL be worth it in the long run. Congratulations!!
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I am amazed so many folks seem to "jump the gun" a wee bit, in their excitement, to order chicks in January. Winter type weather could hang on through March. Those chicks will huge by the end of March. Just sayin'. Yes, the dust is unholy. You've time to build an insulated box, 4 x8 at least. Have an insulated top as well. Simple design, as it won't be permanent. That way, you could brood them in the garage?
    Of course, your box design cannot be completely air tight, on top, and shouldn't be, as they'll need air exchange, but it should hold heat plenty well enough. Cardboard or plywood on the inside, with rigid foam boards on the outside. It'll work and good luck with your chicks.
  10. chickenmom1

    chickenmom1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    Thanks everyone.

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