Chicks should be able to move about comfortably and have access to feed and water at all times

Chicks should be able to move about comfortably and have access to feed and water at all times.

As they grow, the space needed per chick changes: Make sure the brooder is big enough to house the chicks for the first four to six weeks of their lives depending upon the weather. Here are the methods for calculating if the brooder is big enough using both metric and imperial measurements based upon the chicks needing to be in the brooder’s protected environment for 6 weeks.

Metric Measurements Method

  1. Measure the internal dimensions of the brooder in cm.
  2. Multiply the length by the width. This is the area in square cm (cm2)
  3. Take that area and divide it by the number of chicks. This gives you the area available per chick.
  4. The answer should be a number greater than 1000 cm2 per chick to ensure the chicks have enough space Example: The brooder is a cardboard box 100cm x 70cm and you have 6 chicks. (100 x 70)/6 = 1167 cm2 per chick so the box size is ok.

 Imperial Measurement Method

  1. Measure the internal dimensions of the brooder in inches.
  2. Multiply the length by the width. This is the area in square inches.
  3. Take the area and divide it by the number of chicks. This gives you the area available per chick.
  4. The answer should be a number greater than 155 square inches per chick to ensure the chicks have enough space. Example: The brooder is a cardboard box 40 inches x 30 inches and you have 7 chicks. (40 x 30)/7 = 171 square inches per chick so the box size is ok.
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