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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:19 am 
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Hi there :D I've decided that I want to get some chicks but have absolutely no idea how to house them at such a young age. Can someone direct me or give me some tips on how to house them? I assume they'll need a heat lamp? Should they be outside? Inside?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:25 am 
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You will need to make a brooder. Anything under 6 weeks will need one and probably closer to 8 weeks old in winter.

A brooder is simply a large box or enclosure with a heat source that the chicks can move towards or away from to suit themselves.

It should be kept out of drafts so inside is easiest.

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Sunstone here's a couple of ideas - pics posted by other members. There's also a lot of good information about rearing chicks here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2131 Hopefully something in there will be helpful.
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Here is mine. It is 1.1 metres in diameter.
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Here is one we made. It is like a fish tank in the lounge room. LOL
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 Post subject: Re: Newbie
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:45 pm 
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Fantastic! Thanks everyone :D

How long will the chicks stay in the 'brooder' box? and then what is the next step for them? Straight into the coop?? Or a small A-frame type of run.

I just need to know the time span that I have to get the coop under way. My husband is not quite convinced about having the chickens yet LOL! I figure if I get them now before he changes his mind then he'll have no choice but to let me make the coop haha

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The chicks will need to be on a heat source until about 6-8 weeks, depending on the weather (cold nights)

I wouldnt go mixing them with older pullets/hens/roosters until they are 16-18 weeks old.

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just about the top brooder How many chicks could it hold eazily?

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What breed? Bantam or standard?

Your feeder and water set up and the location of the heat source will also enter into it. As will the ages of the chicks. What is suitable for a given no of chicks at day-old may well be too small for the same chicks 3 weeks later. :wink:

Chicks need to move freely and have a range of places with warmer to cooler. The water and food should not get warm so it's better situated away from the heat source.

There are no "rules" just things to consider so I would hesitate to give a definite figure. :)


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I was thinking of bantams.
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