quick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wyomingleghorn, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. wyomingleghorn

    wyomingleghorn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    I have 24 two week old white leghorns and have had in a 4 ft x 8 ft x 3 ft tall brooder box with all the comferts which is inside a 12ft x 12ft building which is intended to be the hen house nothing else in the building.
    can or should i let them rome in the building and be able to let them outside at times under supervision ofcourse
    it seems they are getting restless or cramped in the box
    any thougths
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Chicks need their space. When they feel cramped bullying occurs. Depending on the temps in your area I think it would be ok to take them out as long as it was sunny and warm enough (short, monitored periods since they are not fully feathered). As for letting them roam the coop I'd also say yes. Pull the brooder light out and place it in the coop. If they are chilled they will seek the heat from the light.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2011
  3. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    Hi and [​IMG] I put my chicks in their 8 x 10 coop at 3 weeks and they loved it. This was in February, but the building was insulated and they had their heat lamp. They did fine and really did enjoy the extra space. [​IMG] I have noticed that Leghorns will start picking on each other if they are too cramped, so now might be the time to make the move in order to prevent this.
  4. wyomingleghorn

    wyomingleghorn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    thanks for the replies
    think i will take the box out
    out side run not quite ready yet tho
    great day to all
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They will thank you!
  6. wyomingleghorn

    wyomingleghorn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    Took one side of the brooder out and let them move on thier own and i dont think they know what to do with thenselves as they gone from 32 sq ft to 144 sq ft its kinda funny the way they run out sctatch then run back
    btw is that a big enough building for the coop for 24 birds
    thanks all
    have great day

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by