Questions about chicken brooders

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coleson12, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. coleson12

    coleson12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi my name is cole, it is my first time incubating chickens and I am incubating 12 eggs. I made a brooder out of a dog cage with a heat lamp. I hope I get 6-10 babies. Lets say I get 8 baby chicks. How long can they stay is the dog cage brooder before getting too cramped? Or do they stay in there for the whole 8 week breeding process?


    Thanks for any information you can give me!
     
  2. coleson12

    coleson12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like since the chickens will grow, do they need to be moved to bigger or separate boxes after awhile?
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    How long they stay in the dog crate really depends on how large it is, and whether your chicks are bantams or standards.
    Say, if you're using a medium sized dog crate, they'll outgrow that pretty quickly. If its an XL dog crate, they'll be able to stay in there a bit longer.

    More space is pretty easy to achieve though. You can simply open the door and push a large cardboard box up to the opening (with a section cut out for the door opening). Or, you can get fancy and build something or simply move them out to the coop early and provide them with a heat lamp if that's an option (being careful to make sure the lamp is secure so you don't burn the coop down, of course!).

    Good luck :)
     

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