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Is 12" High too Short for a Brooder?

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I'm looking at using a 50 gallon stock tank for a coturnix quail brooder.  It's 2'x4'x12" high.  I'll be using a heat lamp on a dimmer and I can suspend the heat lamp higher than the tank if needed. 

 

Will a 12" high brooder be fine?  It's on sale for $80 (I'm in Canada and it's regularly $150) and it's got round corners and it much tougher than a tote, so that's why I'm thinking of using it.

 

Thanks for the help.

post #2 of 6
My brooder is about that tall, I use old screens for a top to keep the jumper down if necessary.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 6

I used one for chicks....was too small after a week, might work better for quail.

Made a neat wire top to sit lamp on and used dimmer for heat control.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 6
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Incredibly nice work, aart!  I'm much more of a hack; I get the job done but nowhere that nicely.

post #5 of 6
That's a really nice set up.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #6 of 6

Thanks...it was a fun thing to do, had always wanted to laminate some curves so played with it for this application.

Used 4 layers of soaked luan plywood...and lots of clamps on the trough as a template, curved ends first then straights to join.

Turned out real nice, it worked well and was I pretty disappointed when I realized how way too small it was for many chicks.

My first hatching and brooding<shrugs> live and learn.

 

Ended up cutting it in half to make an awning to protect a pop door....so ended up being useful for chickens anyway.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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