Shellfishstudioss Chicken Brooder

By shellfishstudios · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. shellfishstudios

    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]My Homemade Brooder[/FONT]
    I am new to the forum, but I am proud of my brooder, so I wanted to post it here!
    I'll put the plans I drew up for this when I find them!


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  1. HershelMS
    I usually build mine out of 80 to 90 quart plastic storage boxes. I like the clear ones as they allow you to watch the chicks kinda like an aquarium :). The secret is to avoid any kind of draft and maintain a steady temp (or as steady as possible)... I drill 4 rows of 6 holes spaced about 1 1/2 inches apart to allow ventilation... this gives you a "hot zone" on one end and a cool zone on the other. I use a standard electric dimmer switch to regulate the "wattage" going thru my bulb to give me a "rangeable" temperature spectrum.... This way is the cheapest way i have found to create a "quality" brooder. I have been hatching for about 23 years and this setup has proven itself to be the most efficient and successful setup i have ever used. When i began up until about 8 years ago, a 75% mortality rate, and i was content... brooders made this way... 85% is a disappointment :)... I normally get more like 92 to 95% success on my hatched chicks... slightly lower on my coturnix quail... they are around 88 to 92% mortality...
  2. Ms. Chicky
    this looks great

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