Square brooder?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dinami, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. dinami

    dinami Hatching

    Feb 23, 2016
    Okay so I have 8 chicks and I am using a Sterilite container for brooder! Now someone just told me not to use that because it is square!? I have used them before and they work great. He says they will trample each other in the corners....I am thinking he is talking about large quantities?! This is just 8! Any opinions?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Yeah, mostly a problem with larger quantities. I feel pretty confident that the vast majority of people on this forum use rectangular brooders, I do. The concern is that something will panic them (it often doesn’t take much), they will pile up in a corner, and some smother. It does happen.

    There are a lot of things that can happen, and actually have. A piece of space junk might fall out of the sky and hit your house. You might have a fender bender on a trip to the grocery store. The sun might shine here today. The odds of these things happening can vary quite a bit, but they all have happened.

    The possibility of chicks smothering by them piling up in your brooder is possible, even in a round brooder, but it’s not very likely. It’s something I’m not concerned about.
  3. It depends on the size of your brooder, not the shape. They do need space. They grow quickly. Average brooder size you should have is 1 square foot of space per chick. They need space to not walk in their food and water and space to get away from the heat of the heat lamp if they need to.
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    If you are brooding 100's of chicks in a large brooder house you definitely need to be concerned about them piling up and smothering the ones on the bottom. Much of the written advice for brooding chicks (or chicken husbandry in general) was written by extension agents for farmers. Your 8 chicks aren't ever gonna have an issue with this.

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