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What size brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mjjobbins, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. mjjobbins

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    I wonder what size brooder is adequate for 24 standard size cicks?
    Anyone?
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

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    they do not stay chick size for very long.. use whatever formula you would use for a full grown chicken..

    offhand I would say 4 sq feet per bird..

    ..jiminwisc........
     
  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    4 feet per chick ? I would have to give them a room in my house ![​IMG]

    I had 26 in a stock tank which was about 2 1/2 foot by 6 foot. They were fine for at least 3 weeks.[​IMG]
     
  4. mjjobbins

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    I have a shed that is about 10x10. when they get older they could have about 80 sq ft of it. In the mean time, they could have a very cozy garage like area that is about 6x5. Not quite 4 sq ft per bird but maybe when they are small, like up to 6 weeks? I am kind of new to raising chicks so please forgive any obvious wrong headedness on my part. oh yeah, I plan to keep them in a 4'x2'x18" container with screens over the top and a heat lamp for the first couple weeks.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  5. skeeter

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    i sent you a pm,the 10x10 will be perfect after they feather out but you will still need a couple lights and make sure there are no drafts
     
  6. kick'n chick'n

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    your container will work fine until they feather out then just move them to your 10 x 10 shed. may need to put a heat lamp out there with them depending on your weather.
     
  7. mjjobbins

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    It's supposed to get semi-cold this year, you know, for Memphis, TN [​IMG] ,but I will be using a heat lamp for them come Jan.; probably through Feb. just to keep the stress low even after they feather out.
     

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