Where do I put them.....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ourhouse51, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. ourhouse51

    ourhouse51 Chirping

    Feb 24, 2007
    SE Oklahoma....
    and what do I use? I just ordered 30, yes 30 new chicks from Ideal. They will be here in 2 weeks. I have my lamo for heat. They will go on my patio, but I am not sure what I need to put them in. How big a box for 30 chicks??????
    And.,can I put my guinea chicks in with them too?
  2. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    i really liked what kingsdaughter did on the brooders thread... i'll post a pic of what she did: i think it is really cool lol [​IMG]

  3. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Ummmm,u sound not preparred for 30 babys...not now but 2 months from now?
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    30 babies get real big real fast!!! You need a very very very very large brooder. It'll need to be protected from predators as well if it's going to be outside. You'll have to build something pretty big out of wood. I had 24 in my office in a cardboard box that I "made" out of about 5 different boxes. I'm 5'9" and the box I made I could lay down in!!! They lasted to 5 weeks before I had to put them outside because they were getting crowded.
  5. Aun <HIS><

    Aun <HIS>< Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    New Hampshire
    I started out with 17 and 3 ducks in a pack and play (a fold down crib that my daughter used as a baby.) The ducks outgrew the space in 2 weeks, and they went into their own pen. The chicks outgrew the crib a week later at 3 weeks, and went into a 5'x4' temp controled outdoor brooder. At 5 weeks, they outgrew that and went into an 8'x10' henhouse. At 10 weeks, it was a race against time and money to get the run in before the henhouse was too small! Thirty chicks means 120 square foot henhouse for adult chickens... so a 10'x12' minimum.

    Congratulations on your new babies coming! You can do it! You'll have some time to get everything ready, but hurry.. lol!
  6. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    so maybe you should just have a temporary brooder until you can build a coop big enough for 30 chickens. just something until you can build a coop. (which you should do immediatly)
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Oh Boy......

    My 35 chicks stayed in a 54 x 38 brooder for their first five weeks. It was made
    of wood and plastic chicken wire. If your gonna keep them outside you will need
    to secure them well with metal wire. Everything eats chicks.

    When you say patio is it enclosed or open?

    Do you have a shed or garage?

    How many guineas vs chickens are you getting?

    Where are you located?

    Consider buying a used shed or large dog house.

    What about tempature? You know to keep them at 90+ degrees but you
    can't let them cook in the summer sun either.

    Round up as many gerbil/rabbit/guinea pig cages as you can as with this
    many birds you will most likely need to seperate a few at various times,
    especially with the Guineas.
  8. ourhouse51

    ourhouse51 Chirping

    Feb 24, 2007
    SE Oklahoma....
    Thanks for all of the replies. I actually have 2 coops ready, one is where my 2 Buff Orp hens, 4 RIR pullets and 2 RIR roosters live. It is big enough to add 15 more.
    The other is a smaller area and can house the other 15.

    My patio is enclosed, I live in SE Oklahoma, I am getting 5 lavendar guineas along with 25 chicks, my coops are all as predator proof as I can make them.

    So far, the only losses I have had with the others were to my own puppies, and they are not here anymore.

    I guess my first post didn't sound like I was prepared at all. The only thing I don't have yet is the initial box. I do have a swimming pool I could put them and cover them....
  9. Rebeccahorse

    Rebeccahorse In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2007
    I kept mine in a wire rabbit cage until they got too big. I tied a lamp to the top to keep heat on them until they got big enough to go without. [​IMG]
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    You could also think about just brooding them in the empty coop, until they need more space and then splitting them up. I've brooded in the house and in the coop. That's assuming that your coop is well ventilated for daytime heat, so they don't overheat.

    To use a pool on your patio, you could get a roll of hardware cloth and use that to circle the pool. It's stiff enough to stand on it's own and not need a frame.

    Big appliance or furniture boxes work great. We bought a freezer the first year we brooded chicks, but some people have gotten boxes by asking at appliance or furniture stores.

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