Pentamom.... here is ONE of our brooders lol this is actually a very large plastic tote, dont know why it looks small lol
SUGGEST that you get as big of one (floor) space as possible since you will be wintering them inside.
They grow fast and you will be surprised by the room you need so they arent pooping on each other!
I have a 75W bulb in mine as its in the lower level with a coal stove,
we just set it up and moved two chicks that are now dry over into it, we are trying to get a good 95-98 temp at the one end of it.
we made the top as much screen as we could for the kiddos to peek at them, a good idea is a pc of plexiglass along the front side of it for kiddos, but I am too cheap lol
With the wire like this on the top I can use a pc of hard board insulation to cover some of the wire to keep more or less heat in. you can kinda see it in the pic to the right.
I have a tiny bowl waterer so chicks dont drown but u can use a reg one just put clean marbles or stones in it to keep from drowning for a week. I also started using save-a-chick
I also use papertowl over the pine shavings so I can pinch and powder a bit of the chick starter on it so they feed better the first two days or so.
but along with the chick feeder full of medicated chick starter. I like to keep pcs of plywood so they dont get shavings in water and food, as they get bigger and start to scratch around I will add a pc at a time to raise it as they will be bigger and can hop up higher too. A few weeks down the road I like to add a limb for them to roost, but just enough to get them off the ground/shavings.
These two partridge brahma chicks hatched out on day 18!! stinkers and there are 13 more laying around in the cooler bator!
Edited by Sally Sunshine - 11/11/12 at 6:46pm