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Plastic Storage Bin Container for Brooder Box

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Today I was at Target looking at Plastic Container boxes. 

 

What is your recommendation for size?

 

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Hi, I'm pretty new at this too... our first chicks are coming in 2 weeks.  But, I went to Walmart looking for a big plastic bin and ended up asking the associate if I could get the big boxes those big bins come in before they crush them.  They stock their shelves and then usually crush the boxes later that day.  They saved me a couple of really big boxes a couple days after I was in, I went back and picked them up, and that's what I'll be using for the brooder.  I just asked them for the biggest boxes they could get me.  I figured if they weren't quite big enough, then I'll tape a couple together like a couple other people had posted.  I heard the "rule of thumb" if 1/2 square foot per chick in brooder.  I'll be taping the small ends closed and opening one of the longer side to make a large rectangle.   Free!  I think they'll work out well, especially since they'll only be in there 5-6 weeks or so.  I'm taking someone else's recommendation and putting some poultry fencing over the top once they're big enough to start jumping/flying out.  Don't want to lose anyone!  Good luck!  :)

Started the "Chicken Experience" in Spring 2012 with 9 chicks (1 Buff Orp, 2 White Rock, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Salmon Faverolles, 1 Brown Leghorn, 3 EE) and 2 Pekin ducklings.
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Started the "Chicken Experience" in Spring 2012 with 9 chicks (1 Buff Orp, 2 White Rock, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Salmon Faverolles, 1 Brown Leghorn, 3 EE) and 2 Pekin ducklings.
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Here's a photo of mine.  It's a 30 gallon tub - and it works great!  By the way, I don't use the screen until they get big enough to jump out.

 

brooder.jpg

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Originally Posted by CarolJ View Post

Here's a photo of mine.  It's a 30 gallon tub - and it works great!  By the way, I don't use the screen until they get big enough to jump out.

 

brooder.jpg


Awesome. I saw that one as well @ Target. However I'm looking for a clear one. The 30 gallon clear bin looked pretty small compared the the non-clear one..weird. 

 

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Got one that is a 50 gal. Works well!

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Went chicken supply shopping today!

Got a 66 QT bin (It doesn't look big)

also got a clip on light as well... all i need a stinking thermometer. Looked at 2-3 different places. 
grrr

 

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If I am going to get 6 checks, what size plastic bin is best for a brooder?
 

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Originally Posted by smak616 View Post

If I am going to get 6 checks, what size plastic bin is best for a brooder?

 
The biggest you have space for. wink.png Even six chicks take up a lot of room before you move them outside. And the more space, the better.
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By the time they are a month old they will need about 2 sq ft per bird in the brooder. Seems awfully large when they are little but you will be shocked how fast they grow. Unless you want to make a brooder twice get one big enough to begin with..

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I'm not an expert,"ex" is a has been and a "spurt" is a drip under pressure!

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