a makeshift brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by The Harvest Moon Chicken, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. The Harvest Moon Chicken

    The Harvest Moon Chicken In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2007
    Southern California
    would a medium sized bird caged (was used to house three budgies) sufice as a brooder for awhile?

    My thought as that a bird cage already has roosting poles, and i heard that chicks roost if they can, i wouldn't alow them to get all the way to the top, just a low roost for them to use.

    Plus it has the nice slide out tray so it would be easier to clean than a rubber maid bin
  2. I dont see why it wouldn't.
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    what are the floor dimensions?

    how many chicks?

    the cage is a good idea until they grow out of it.. and they grow fast.
    so plan on a different brooder while they are growing..

    chicks won't go to roost for awhile.
    they prefer to bunch up on the floor. I have had almost full grown chickens, guineas and even turkeys stay on the floor right next to the roosts..
  4. one_egg_at_a_time

    one_egg_at_a_time In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    Dade City, FL
    How are you going to keep the heat in?
  5. chubbydog811

    chubbydog811 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    New Hampshire
    That's what I'm using for a few of my chicks. I set the perch on the bottom bar, and they love it!

    To answer you question one_egg_at_a_time, its pretty easy to zip tie a lamp onto the side of it. and most cages have the block around the bottom so it wont be drafty.

    Just make sure you are watching for when they outgrow it!

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