Will a 43(L)23(W)18(Deep) brooder be enough for 12 birds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ragerkid2, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a plastic tote 43 inches long 23 inches wide and 18 in deep. Will it be big enough for 12 chicks?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They will be ok until around 3 weeks and then you will be hoping to get them out to the coop soon. LOL! They will be crowded when they get bigger. If you are planning to get them into the coop at that age, then you will be ok. If they are going to spend 6 weeks in there closed up with no free range abilities, then I'd say it's kind of crowded if you ask me.

    I have my almost 4 week olds out in the shed with 300 watts of light coming and going out the pop door. Mild winter though. Tougher winters I'd keep them closed up longer. I put them out there at three weeks. Definitely I follow the heat guidelines but like to give them freedom to leave the coop at three weeks. Before then, they aren't smart enough to come back in and might freeze to death.

    Here are the pro's space recommendations increasing over time for chicks on the chick care page:

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chickcare.html
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I just had another thought. You could buy two of the totes and put the heat lamp above them both...divide the chicks in two areas for more space. I have done this with metal galvanized tubs. Watch where the heat is though to keep safe from fire. Here is another link:
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKRaisingChicks.html

    Edited to add: on second thought I think you would need two lamps due to the edge of the plastic getting too hot between the totes.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
  4. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply! I did the whole two tote thing last year and it was very hectic because my coop wasn't done and older birds in my garage. This year will be easier tho. I wish I had one of those nice ones I see on here. Haha
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/kathyinmos-brooders
    scroll down to see what someone did with some cardboard boxes and probably a tarp underneath

    I edited my post above, btw.
     
  6. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I will be using two heat lamps. I'm trying to keep this as $ efficient and time efficient as possible
     
  7. Elleoz

    Elleoz Out Of The Brooder

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    I am getting the same tote for my brooder, but I will only have 4 chicks. Will that get me thru until they are feathered out (or at least close)?
     
  8. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say yes. But you will need to put a lid on around 3-4 weeks depending on your breed
     

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