Size of brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stedman, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Stedman

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    I have a 50 gallon plastic tub here, how long should I keep them in here before I have to come up with something else for them. [​IMG]
     
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a perfect chicks set up! You can probably keep them in there for about 2 weeks at the most.
     
  3. Stedman

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    Any recommendations what to use next. Too cold here for them to be outside yet
     
  4. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A huge cardboard box can buy some time! I've used those huge boxes from the grocery store that they put watermelons or potatoes or bananas in. I've gotten them from Aldi before. If you only have a few, you can get by with a 4X3 area with high sides and a few perches for probably up to 6+ weeks.
     
  5. BlueShadow

    BlueShadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How cold is it there? With your setup, you probably could move them outside when they are only a few days old. As long as you keep the drafts off of them, that heat plate will keep them warm. They definitely could be moved out into the coop if it isn't drafty, and if it is drafty, probably could still be moved with some creative use of cardboard and/or bedding materials.
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

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    X 2 - as long as you have access to electricity in the coop (to power the brooder plate)and the coop provides a draft free environment at chick level (ventilation from above is a different story and very important) there is no reason they can't go outside. Many folks brood their chicks outside from the first day.
     
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  7. Stedman

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    I'm in Massachusetts and it's still in the 30's and 40's here
     
  8. BlueShadow

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    Do you have a picture of what your outdoor coop looks like? That is plenty warm for chicks to go outside, again, as long as they are protected from drafts. They will run back under that heat plate to warm up any time they get chilled.

    Bonus of moving them out to the coop sooner is that they will feather out more quickly and be acclimated to the weather. By 4 or 5 weeks, you shouldn't need to provide any heat for them. Plus, chicks in the house are cute but chicks outside are where they belong!
     

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