Tripled the Brooder Pen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Heckel's Hens, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Heckel's Hens

    Heckel's Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a small brooder pen made out of chicken wire sides, beneath nesting boxes, but it is really too small. I'm starting to really worry about how long I'm going to have to wait to introduce my chicks to the big girls. There is a 9-11 week difference between them. December chicks and Feb-march chicks.

    I am only keeping 6-7 out of 15 new chicks, but even with triple the space, the brooder is only about 1.5x7 feet enclosed, 2 feet high.

    How long can I keep them in there, for their safety?

    I've been letting them out during the day while the big girls are in the run, but I've read on here they have to be housed separately for 16 weeks?? How do you do that without building another coop? [​IMG]
     
  2. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that you can get a rabbit cage or something of the sort and put it in the coop with the hens, just so the chicks have their own space
     
  3. Heckel's Hens

    Heckel's Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! The baby chicks are fine....for now.What I'm really concerned about is trying to house 7 "teenage" chicks, like 10-16 weeks old, in such a small space. [​IMG]
     

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