What is the square footage needed per chick - now one week old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by katejerdan, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. katejerdan

    katejerdan New Egg

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    We are adding to our flock of 70 birds. Have built two additional coops, have fenced off an acre with lawn, brush/pine trees and pasture. Now the question: we have two small coops: one is 4'x6' and the other is 4'x8'. How many 7-day old chicks will each hold? and how long before they would outgrow them....how much time do we have to build a bigger coop?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    One sq ft apiece is fine at 7 days, but you don't have long before you must increase it, up to the 4 sq ft by somewhere around 12 weeks. I used to have a chart for this but can't find it now. If I put 56 week old chicks in those two coops, I believe I'd want more space for them within 2 or 3 weeks at most.

    Maybe someone else will come along.
     
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