Possible brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DLC Eskies, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. DLC Eskies

    DLC Eskies Out Of The Brooder

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    Would a wire dog crate with the plastic pan work for a chic brooder? I have several of them in storage and using 1 or 2 as brooders would free up money to buy other things that will be needed.
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on how large the crate is and how many chicks you're talking about. Figure chicks need at LEAST 1 square foot of space each. There are lots of cheap/free options out there. I got a free pumpkin box from my grocery store.
     
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  3. DLC Eskies

    DLC Eskies Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to say the 4 largest are 36"L x 24"W, they've been in storage for the last 3 years so I could be wrong.

    I'm planning on starting with 15 - 20 chics.
     
  4. DLC Eskies

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    I also have an old Petmate 48"L x 32"W and a size adjustable rabbit pen that could be used.
     
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  5. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    36x24 would probably work for about 2 weeks then you'll need something bigger.
     

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