too big for the brooder, too small for the coop.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrsruvi, May 24, 2011.

  1. Anianna

    Anianna Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    I have two large "small animal" cages laying on their back as "teen" brooders or for other confinement needs. They are something like this except with only two of the smaller side shelves and no duplex separator. I put the side shelves against the bottom tray to keep it from falling when I put the cage on it's back. Mine are about 3 ft wide x 4 ft long laying down, so I have about 12 sq ft of space for my chookies, which I have found is good for 10-12 "in between" birds. These cages fit in my large coop or in our roofed dog pen (without the dog, of course), depending on what I need at the time. They can walk on the wire, but I pile litter over it to make them more comfortable and keep their toes from getting caught.
  2. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Coop builder

    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    I use chicken tractors when they are in-between . 4X8 foot , 2 feet high on wheels holds a lot of young birds. One guy I heard of uses grow out pens in the barn.
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    A large cardboard box works for the transition too. Let's you touch them still so they don't freak when you come around but gives you a cheap / free disposible containment system
  4. dennymeyrand

    dennymeyrand In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2013
    My brooder is 4x8x16" and my babies are quickly outgrowing it. I have 100 in there though. Their coop is almost done. I'll move them in as soon as it's ready to go. 1 or 2 more weekends should do it.

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