What size brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenphile, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. chickenphile

    chickenphile Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2008
    Feura Bush, NY
    How big should me brooder be. I plan on hatching around 3 dozen eggs but it is my first time so and some of the eggs are shipped so I am assuming a 50% hatch success. So for 18 chicks how big of a brooder do I need to grow these chicks to at least 6 weeks old. I will be getting dorkings,Silkies,Bantam favorlles, bantam EEs through the mail. I am trying to hatch some of my chickens eggs(silkie,cochin,jersey giant,golden comets,california white,NH) . I currently have one of the big rubbermaid containers.

    I was wondering if any one have used a dog crate or carrier as a brooder also?

  2. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Guthrie, OK
    There are lots of dog crates in the sticky brooder thread.

    Storey's guide says 1/2 sq ft to 4 week 1 sq ft till 8 weeks? I think.... something like that.

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