Ok, here s the general idea. This is mine. 1st season. later in another season I moved to the watermelon corrals. I love the IV pole. Just added a crossbar to hang the light from;. It raises up and down with the twist of the wrist. Very convenient. Use the watermelon corral instead, it is much more study. You can't lay a pole across this single layer corral. Plus, need the wood shavings. you could affix a light to the cross bar if you use a sturdy wooden one.
Originally Posted by A.T. Hagan
For large-fowl I favor using half a square foot per chick until two weeks when they'll need about a square foot. If they're still in the brooder past four weeks you may need more space still. Some birds however will tolerate confinement better than others so you can sometimes get away with less space, but I wouldn't do it if I did not absolutely have to because crowding can bring on all sorts of problems from feather picking to cannibalism.
I agree. here's a thought...last season I went to the market and got 3 of those triple-thick watermelon corrals. Each is 15 sq. ft. . So each one raised 7 Light Sussex chicks to 4 months old. I laid a tarp on the ground in the garage. Set the corral on top of it. Filled the corral with 3 inches of hardwood shavings ( white bale only) from Tractor Supply. Then cut a "V" cut into opposite sides of the corral and laid in a PVC pole in the notches. Hung the feeder from them. Waterer swung too much and spilled so I put it up on a platform instead. Small holes in the corners of the corral near the bottom are perfect for hanging grit cups. Chicken wire or hardware cloth "cover" finishes the project. I have a Brinsea Mini Advance incubators so hatch 7 chicks at a time so this works perfect for me. You would need three of them Just throw away everything not made of metal when the season is over.
Edited by 3riverschick - 8/23/15 at 8:54pm