Size of living space needed for 7 three week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by littleandlewis, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. littleandlewis

    littleandlewis Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a beautiful coop and 7 three week old chicks. I divided the coop with a wooden wall to limit the chicks to about a 45" x 32"area.....about a half of the coop's length. They have a heat lamp to keep them warm.

    Is there a rule of thumb as to how much space is good for them? They are healthy and curious and I thought maybe giving them another foot or so of length might help aclimate them for when they get the entire coop area.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    1 square foot per chick until 4 weeks, then 2 square feet per chick.
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    At 3 weeks, I'd give them run of the place. The reasons people limit space are typically to keep small chicks from wandering too far away from the light or because they're using a brooder box. Your chicks are old enough that they will enjoy the extra room to flap and jump.
     

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