Size of brooder???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CayceV, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. CayceV

    CayceV Out Of The Brooder

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    I need to get started on building a brooder for my chicks that are supposed to be arriving in like a week and a half. I have time to do it today but I need to know what size should it be??? I don't want to have to build a bigger one in a few weeks time so I'd like to be able to leave them in it until they're ready to go outside. I'm getting 31 chicks - a variety of chickens - Wyandottes, Araucanas, Blue Andalusians... Just so you can get an idea of the sizes.

    Help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

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    I would also like to know how big of a brooder is needed for this amount of chicks.
     
  3. howlingwoodsfarm

    howlingwoodsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, I will give my two cents and also this will bump it up for you so hopefully some other people can help also. Do you want them to be 6 weeks and require no supplemental heat before they go outside? Or just a place to keep them for the first few weeks, then get them into a bigger coop with supplemental heat? My estimate would be that 4x4 would work for the first 3 weeks. If you want them grown until 6 weeks I would go more for 4x8 minimum. I just looked in some chick catologs and they say 1/2 sq ft for the first 2 weeks per chick. then 1sq ft after that until 6 weeks. So that pretty much correlates with what I guessed. Bigger is always better, and they will be happier for it.

    Heather
     
  4. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building mine 3'x5'x18". I'm praying that'll be big enouhg for about 25 chicks for 4 weeks [​IMG]
     

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