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Brooder made using incubator heating element?

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Has anyone made a brooder using the heating element that is used in incubators? I would use the wafer thermostat too. I need a brooder that does not use a light.

We are going to hatch eggs at a nursing home as a 4-H project and need a temporary brooder that is not a fire hazard. The ecoglow would be wonderful but it is out of our price range.

I would attach the heating element to a cookie sheet (not touching.) or something similar.

Would it work for a week?
Hens: 16 Leghorns or California Whites, 5 Trader Joe's Leghorns, 14 Red Stars or Gold Stars, 10 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhodes Island Reds, 4 Silver Laced Wyandotes, 4 Ameraucana, 7 Barred Rock, 1 Silver Laced Wyandote X Barred Rock, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock. = 64 Hens - chicks 89
Roosters: 1 Trader Joe's Leghorn Rooster, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock Rooster
Nursing Home hatch-a-long
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Hens: 16 Leghorns or California Whites, 5 Trader Joe's Leghorns, 14 Red Stars or Gold Stars, 10 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhodes Island Reds, 4 Silver Laced Wyandotes, 4 Ameraucana, 7 Barred Rock, 1 Silver Laced Wyandote X Barred Rock, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock. = 64 Hens - chicks 89
Roosters: 1 Trader Joe's Leghorn Rooster, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock Rooster
Nursing Home hatch-a-long
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post #2 of 7

you could use a heating pad

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"... the avenging arm of God will strike the wicked, and in his mighty power he will punish their pride and presumption. God will employ the powers of hell for the extermination of these impious and heretical persons who desire to overthrow the Church and destroy it's foundation. .... Innumerable legions of demons shall overrun the earth and shall execute the orders of Divine Justice......
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post #3 of 7

Could you make a small version of a hover brooder but use the heating element instead of bulbs? It is basically an open bottomed box on legs, so it is raised off the floor, with the heat inside. The chicks run under the opening to get warm.

 

Penny

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Originally Posted by melroseladi View Post

Could you make a small version of a hover brooder but use the heating element instead of bulbs? It is basically an open bottomed box on legs, so it is raised off the floor, with the heat inside. The chicks run under the opening to get warm.

Penny

This is what I'm thinking of. I guess I need to know if it will put off enough heat without getting to hot.

I have this big old brooder that I love. It has a thermostats and heating elements and works great.
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The one I will make needs to go into this plastic tub


This isn't the best photo but I've seen others use this blue tub for a brooder.

I'm debating about using plexiglass so we can see the chicks. To keep the heat under it I would fashion so kind of curtain that the chicks would run under.

Any thoughts?
Hens: 16 Leghorns or California Whites, 5 Trader Joe's Leghorns, 14 Red Stars or Gold Stars, 10 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhodes Island Reds, 4 Silver Laced Wyandotes, 4 Ameraucana, 7 Barred Rock, 1 Silver Laced Wyandote X Barred Rock, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock. = 64 Hens - chicks 89
Roosters: 1 Trader Joe's Leghorn Rooster, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock Rooster
Nursing Home hatch-a-long
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Hens: 16 Leghorns or California Whites, 5 Trader Joe's Leghorns, 14 Red Stars or Gold Stars, 10 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhodes Island Reds, 4 Silver Laced Wyandotes, 4 Ameraucana, 7 Barred Rock, 1 Silver Laced Wyandote X Barred Rock, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock. = 64 Hens - chicks 89
Roosters: 1 Trader Joe's Leghorn Rooster, 1 Leghorn X Barred Rock Rooster
Nursing Home hatch-a-long
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post #5 of 7

Your brooder is exactly what I was thinking of, but scaled down to size. I have seen some made out of wood so I don't see why you couldn't use plexiglass. Make legs on it that are adjustable so you can move it up or down as needed . Just try it out and see what the temp does and remember with chicks under it it will be a slightly higher temp.

 

I use the clear plastic tubs to brood in from the dollar store. Easier to watch the chicks and the chicks to see you.

 

Penny

post #6 of 7

Hey!!  That is the very exact one that I have!!  But I need replacement parts!!  Do you know where I could get them?

post #7 of 7
What did I do Wher can u get a brooder like that
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