Stocking density for coturnix chicks in a brooder

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  1. Joshaeus

    Joshaeus Out Of The Brooder

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    Another self explanatory post...how many coturnix Chicks should be stocked per square foot of breeder cage?
     
  2. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    follow this link. It should be of assistance.
    James

    Edited to add: It lists the requirements for Bobwhite; I will be corrected by another more experienced member here shortly.
     
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  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The title says brooder, your post says breeding cage. You only get one answer, which is it? Lol

    In the brooder you want to give them space. Bobs like about 1/2 sq ft. per chick and coturnix can get by with less, however, It comes down to more space=less problems. If you pack in coturnix too tight they pile up and suffocate each other or start toe picking.

    In breeder cages it is important that they are sized so you can fit at least 1 roo and 3 hens per section. Less hens and they'll likely breed them to death.
     
  4. Joshaeus

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    My bad...I meant brooder! By the way, the planned brooder tub is 31 by 13 inches for floor space.
     
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  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My brooders are like 16x30 and I usually can keep more chicks in there at a time than I want to clean up after. However after the first three days I switch to different brooders, because as the chicks grow (by week 4 they are almost adult sized) there becomes less space in the brooder. Just consider they will be in that box for 4 weeks and they start out hamster sized and by the end look mostly grown.
     
  6. Joshaeus

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    OK...I have no problem building two brooders, when that time arises. It would also give me somewhere to temporarily place excess breeding groups for when I want to sell them...
     

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