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40 Eggs... DIY Brooder?

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For anyone who incubated a large number of eggs at once, what did you use for a brooder?

 

Would love to see some do-it-yourself brooders that are large enough for 40 ducklings.

 

Or even two smaller brooders that fit 20 ducklings each.

 

Any ideas?

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I used two puppy playpens for eleven Runner ducklings.  Each had 8 panels 2ft wide.  I used 6 mil plastic to make a liner that also turned up at the edges for about ten inches or so underneath, with old towels for bedding.  I suspended ceramic heater bulbs at one end, and had an old sheet draped around to prevent drafts.

 

Note - I started with a 4 ft long Rubbermaid tub, but at two weeks they outgrew that, then I got one puppy pen, two weeks later they outgrew that, then we finished up with the 2 pens end to end.  That worked, though it got a bit tight toward the end...but by then they were going outside for quite a while during the day (supervised).

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