size of brooder?????? for 32 chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cliffordroy, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Cliffordroy

    Cliffordroy New Egg

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    i have a wood box,38 inches by 26 inches and 20 inches deep,,,should this be big enough for 32 baby chicks???,
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    That's about 6 sq ft which is enough for 12 chicks for their first two weeks. Here is one guideline:

    0.5 sq ft per chick up to 2 weeks
    1 sq ft per chick up to 4 weeks
    2.5 sq ft per chick up to 8 weeks
    then 4 sq ft per chick

    I'm afraid if you go much smaller than this, they will attack and injure each other.
     
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  3. TNBlacktails

    TNBlacktails Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, thats much too small, I once put my chicks in a really small area and they were bloody and pecked bald as soon as they grew their feathers in. bigger is better!
     
  5. rambunctious

    rambunctious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Craptastic. My brooder box is 4ft x 3ft. Apparently I'm going to have to find something else for them, as we were hoping to keep them inside until 6 weeks. I'll have 15 of the little chickadees.
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I had 10 in a 4x2 because the coop was going to be ready by the time they reached 2 weeks. As if. They were 5-8 weeks old (range of ages) when the coop was finished. They didn't kill each other but they seemed crowded and I had to clean often. Bigger is definitely better.
     

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