Here's my latest brooder - never lost a chick so far.
Thats one slick design Ashburnham. I also like the fact that you are going to use a ceramic heater. That way they can get some good sleep. I really like the dimmer Idea. REALLY like it.
Though My next brooder is going to be a wire bottomed one. I will place ply wood tray in there for sleeping so I can have bedding for the little peeps. But all the food and water will go over wire so that WHEN they spill it goes in to a catch basin and not in all their bedding.
I tried brooding Guinea keets in tubs and it was a nightmare to keep clean..... the little Jack booters.... Kicked or knocked every feeder or waterer I had over. Or filled em up with shavings then the shavings wicked all the water out in the bedding....
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson