sq ft rule of thumb per chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RoosterDon, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. RoosterDon

    RoosterDon Chirping

    Jul 19, 2014
    Austin Texas
    What would be a good rule of thumb for raising a variety number of chicks? How much room do they need? Say 5 chicks, or 10 chicks, 15 chicks, and up to 20 chicks at one time.

    We have never hatched more then 4 eggs at one time so this has not been an issue for us. We just got the Brinsea Octagon 20 and I plan on trying to hatch up to 20 eggs. From what I have read we should hatch 15 plus chicks, so this will be a big change for us and I would like to accommodate the chicks with plenty of growing room.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've had excellent hatches in the same model incubator. Including a 100% once. They are great incubators and very nice to use.

    Recommended brooder spaces per age of chick is:

    Up to 2 weeks: 0.5 sq ft per chick
    2-4 weeks: 1 sq ft per chick
    4-8 weeks: 2.5 sq ft per chick
    over 8 weeks: 4 sq ft per chick

    Good luck with your hatch!

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