In my Raising Chickens for Dummies book, it states that chicks only need 6 square inches of space each (I can provide page numbers if needed). If you do the math according to their formula you are safe with 24 chicks per square foot. I might be a little bit of a dummy but I'm not a moron. I think that they really meant that each chick needs an area 6 INCHES SQUARE not 6 SQUARE INCHES (notice the order of the words). Using my formula of 36 square inches (6 squared = 6 x 6) then 24 chicks would require an area of 6 square feet (36 x 24) / 144. Seems a little bit more reasonable don't you think? Please correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think I am.