GFQ Heated Box Poultry Brooder

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  • Universal Heated Box Brooder

    Box brooders are designed to eliminate stress in young birds by providing plenty of heat, fresh air, light, feed and water space, and sanitary conditions for a confined area. The clear plastic front panel allows full and easy viewing of the brooder's interior. Each brooder comes with three 28.5' troughs which maybe used for either feed or water. Ample feed and water space is necessary to allow weaker chicks access in the presence of more dominate chicks. Any trough may be equipped with optional automatic watering to provide the large quantity of water necessary. Failure to provide proper feed and water space can result in slower weight gain and perhaps higher chick mortality. The troughs are mounted on the outside of the brooder so that the chicks do not squirt droppings into the food or water. The 250-watt thermostatically controlled heater provides sufficient heat while the vented plastic side panels keep out drafts. As chicks are drawn to light rather than heat, each heater has a socket for a low wattage attraction light bulb, which helps to hold the chicks in the heated area. Each brooder comes with a thermometer and a wafer thermostat, which is accurate to 1 degree. The floor is a thin wire ½" mesh which will allow droppings to easily pass through. This was chosen over thicker wire or wire with smaller squares, as droppings would quickly build up and mat the floor. For small chicks like quail this floor requires that a layer of No 1628 DACB paper or paper towels be laid down on the wire for the first 4 to 7 days after which quail may stand on the ½" wire floor. Day old poultry and ducks can be placed directly on the wire. The well-built wire floor does not sag under the weight of many chicks. Drop pans are made of lightweight aluminum for long life. Drop pans can be easily pulled out even when brooders are stacked and the wire floor is heavy with birds.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. Darkestcon
    "Good Brooder at a good price"
    Pros - Durable. long lasting. easy to clean. heat system is solid. price is decent. Works well
    Cons - finding fair shipping can be difficult. Getting the birds out can be a small challenge. Temperature control is a bit of guess work.
    Price is fair and the system is well built. Easy to assemble and operates fantastic. Would recommend shopping around as the manufacturer charges the most for shipping.

    Manufacturer states 100 birds at a time for 4 weeks. I think this is a stretch at 2 weeks 90 birds were pretty cramped and 1 was trampled to death.

    Temperature control is simply up or down. no real way to gauge it except by experience and feel. Lots of changing temp and adjusting based on temp readout.

    Easy to check on birds, as view through 3 sides and top comes off in 2 section. Clear sides have holes that adjust so that the quail can feed young and be widened as needed.

    light to attract chicks and one shows when heater is in operation. Biggest downside ive seen is when you stack the system and place birds in grow off pen. You would have to detach the brooder in order to completely clean it. Plexi glass sides need to be popped out by flexing them and down the road if they get stiff this could cause them to break. Really only removing them to clean the tracks.

    Cage is wide enough that accessing older birds can be difficult as they can move out of reach. Removing the top allows the chance for them to attempt to fly.

    it is nice that you can attach 3 troughs as we ended up needing 2 for water 1 for food.

    All in all I think its a great purchase and would buy again. The few things that are negative i feel are worth the quality as well as what you are getting for your money.
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