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for raising lots and lots of chicks.
We have tried so many different ways to arrange our brooder room but I still wind up with too little space for all the ones I have growing up. We have finally decided to use the end stall, currently housing my ducks at night, as an addition to growing out chicks. Ducks are going into new breeding pens soon.

Keep in mind I hatch about 30-60 every week or so and grow out chicks all year around. Though I swear next winter I will NOT hatch! That means a lot of brooders of chicks growing up and OUT of the brooders. They get too big for a brooder but still need a small fenced area so where to move them and still keep 4-5 wk olds or even 6-8 week olds in relative comfort? I try to get them out in little tractors after it gets warm enough at night.

We have the room but not too many good ideas. I have seen a few on here but what do others that have a lot of chicks and adolescents growing up do with them?
Thank you for any help and ideas!

caf

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Bantam Cochins are my love! Mille Fleur projects, buff barred projects and black/blue Mottled. Chickens, Guineas, Ducks, Peafowl and Turkeys. Contact me for hatching eggs and a link to my website.


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post #2 of 89

We use plywood boxes.

6 ft long, 4 ft wide, 2 ft high.

Cover the tops with wire.



Good luck with the project, that sounds like a lot of chicks.

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post #3 of 89

Unfortunatly, it seems we always end up in the same situation. I would love to find the solution to this. smile

post #4 of 89

We use freezers and fridges that we find at curbside.   Bring them home, remove doors and racks, lay on backside.  we use wire for what is now the top.  Hang heater light and thermometer and bingo,  almost free.  We have several.

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I only use bio-bators and I use brooder boxes separated from the flock followed by a brooder coop/run.  The mother hens will integrate the chicks into the flock between six and eight weeks so I do not have a problem with adolescent birds.  I do have a small bird feeding area which prevents the adults from eating all my grow rations and ensures the young birds get enough to eat.

I haven't had many problems with the young birds in with the older flock.  In fact I find it easier to integrate them when they are young, before they have an established pecking order in their peer group.

I also brood year round.  Although I limit myself to one clutch at a time in the winter due to convenience for me. Less snow to shovel wink

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I use a bunch of old storm windows held together with a couple of screws.

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post #7 of 89

I don't do that many chicks, but I do brood up 25 at a time.

I have been using large dog carriers and I have a large bunny cage that works great, also those super big coolers, little tykes toy boxes, and the clear storage boxes form Target work great.

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post #8 of 89

Check out the online poultry show section.On page 2 there are a bunch of good brooders.
In N.H.,Tony.http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/13763_tonys_birds_026.jpgHere's a pic of mine.


Edited by Tony K T - 2/6/11 at 7:19am

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post #9 of 89

I use shipping crates and large rubber horse troughs.  Place a piece of plywood over top leaving room for the heat lamp.  Easy to clean them out for next time use.

I read a forum member used pegboards and zip tied them together to make a brooder.  Now that would work really well for me cause they could be taken apart and stored...

  I have even used large cardboard boxes and pitched them afterwards.. And I have used a 55 gallon aquarium also.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/55346_brooder.jpg

Heres mine i built yesterday that are for my chicks that are hatching today!

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Owner of muscovy, and mallard ducks, a buff pheasant, royal palm, black spanish, bourban red turkeys, india blue peacocks, Rhode Island Red, buff orpington, buff rock, silver laced roosters chickens, Silver laced wyandotte,  silver sebrights, buff laced sebrights,  golden sebrights, White and Fawn runners, Pekins, Blue Swedish, khaki Campbells, white Chinese geese
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