Will chicks fly out of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BerrytangleFarm, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. BerrytangleFarm

    BerrytangleFarm British and Scandinavian Poultry

    I have 23 2.5-week-old chicks in a 2'-high brooder sitting on the garage floor. Normally I have hardware wire on the top of it, but a wasp decided to crawl inside, so me and my irrational fear threw the hardware wire out the garage door, slammed the door, and have no desire to chase the wasp out of it.

    Can I leave the chicks overnight without the hardware wire on the top without them flying out?
     
  2. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine didn't start flying out of their brooder until about 4 weeks if I remember correctly.
     
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
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    haha at about 3 wksw mine were fluttering up to the top of the brooder and we had to put a top on it...

    and yes; if you have a feeder in there or a roost too...they jump on that and then flutter over the edges of the brooder!!
     
  4. BerrytangleFarm

    BerrytangleFarm British and Scandinavian Poultry

    Okay. Fear conquered. For now. Wire's back on top, but now I'm wondering how the heck (well, that's a watered down version, anyway) did that thing get in my garage and did it bring company?!
     
  5. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You're right. Now I remember them hanging on to the top of the brooder for dear life before they started flying out.
     
  6. papschmitty

    papschmitty Out Of The Brooder

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    Our brooder is outside on the deck. It has a roof that flips up for accessing the inside of the coop.

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    I go out there twice a day to clean out poop and freshen the food and water when needed. My girls are about 4-1/2 weeks old and have been trying to fly out for almost 2 weeks now. Several times they have flown out and perched on the top of the coop! The minute the roof opens, they can smell freedom and instantly start plotting their escape - you can see it in their eyes! I do my chicken chores before work when it's still dark and don't have a lot of time to catch escapees. I've taken to putting a piece of plexiglass over the section that I'm not directly on top of to keep them inside. They've all crashed into the plexiglass a couple times trying to fly out. [​IMG] I can't wait until they can go outside. If only my hubby could get enough time to finish the coop...

    I hope you're done with wasps for a while!
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

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