Area of Floor Spacea
Area of Feeder Spaceb
Number of Cups or Fountsb (per 1,000 birds)
From 1 day old
5-sq-ft heated brooder/100 chicks
10 trays/1,000 chicks (feed little and often)
From 1 wk old
1 sq ft/bird
From 8 wk old
2 sq ft/bird
All litter: 3 sq ft/bird; ½–⅔ slats: 2¼ sq ft/bird
30 (60 in hot weather)
aBroiler production programs are relatively prescriptive with regard to space requirements, and specific recommendations should be consulted. Provided here are general guidelines.
b For feeder and drinking-trough space, both sides of the trough should be counted. Drinking-trough space (all ages) is 1 in. (2.5 cm) per bird; in hot weather, however, that requirement is doubled for adults.