? on when to move chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cgjsmith, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 10 chicks right at 6 weeks in an old metal brooder. they don't have all their feathers but are getting big enough to be a little crowded. How much longer till we can move them down to the barn? We have a pen set up just for them When they move we would put the lamp down there for them were just not sure when. thanks C
     
  2. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the temps at night and during the day where you live?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If it isn't drafty in the barn and you are putting a light out, as long as you can keep temps at like 65 or so under the light, they will be fine. My chicks all go outside with a light in a wood box at one week old even when it gets down into the 30's at night.
     
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They will be fine in the barn with a heat lamp or low light during cool lights. Be sure the lamp is secured, double secured, triple secured... You get the idea. Chicks that age like to jump and fly up on things and could easily knock down a light. I put a chickenwire cover over the light shield to keep them from hitting the bulb. I use zip ties to secure the chain and light cord to a solid object.
     
  5. Sells

    Sells Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! My 59 chicks are 6 days old. Starting to run and fly a little. Our brooder has 24 inch walls, 5 foot diameter ring with NO top. How long can they stay in this brooder? I do t want them to fly out and get in our basement (never to be found). Suggestions?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    They are pretty close to outgrowing it already. You've got less than half a sq foot per chick, which is minimum of what they need by the end of their second week.
    You need a pretty big brooder for 59 chicks. They double in size each week, and their space needs expand accordingly.
    At one week, they need about a 1/4 sq ft each. At two weeks they need 1/2 a sq ft. Then at 3 weeks 1 sq ft. and so on. By 6 weeks, their growth rate begins to slow.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    By 6 weeks, you'll need about 8 sq ft per chick. At that point they should be feathered in enough to move to a coop/run setup without supplemental heat.
     
  8. Sells

    Sells Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a large chicken tractor for them to use when big enough to go outside. I'm concerned about them flying over the 24 inch walls of the brooder? Do you think that will be a concern?
     
  9. TillyPeeps

    TillyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 11 day old chick already fly about 2ft high. I would say they will fly over your wall in a week or so.
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    My point is, the height of the sides doesn't really matter since they have pretty much outgrown the available space. You need to move them to a bigger brooder within the next few days. For 59 adult birds, you need a huge coop and run; not a chicken tractor. Do you realize how much space chickens need in order to avoid overcrowding stress?
     

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