Any mods need to be done to this to make it a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stone_family3, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My SIL returned a rabbit to us because she didn't have enough time for her, the rabbit will be going back outside and we now have this cage. The brooder will be out in the garage and average temp will be 30s-50s. I have a lamp for it and there is a hole on the top that I can put it at.

    I was thinking of covering the sides of half of it just to keep some extra heat in for them, though there should not be much wind since we don't use the garage much and the large door is hardly ever opened.

    Dimensions: 40.5”L x 17.25”W x 18”H

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  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I brood small numbers of chicks in a parakeet cage very similar to what you pouted. Works great! I put anEcoGlow20 brooder heater inside it. They learn to use the bottle waterer pretty quickly. The deep pan beneath it is great for pine shavings. I put that non-skid waffly sort of shelf liner on the wire so the chicks don't have to deal with walking on wire - you just take put the liner and shake it, then launder it, for cleaning.

    I don't keep chicks in the cage brooder for more than 3 weeks, because they need room to run around and exercise. They go into a 54 gallon Rubbermaid bin after that age.

    I do not use heat lamps; an EcoGlow20 fits into the cage just fine.
     
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  3. billl2099

    billl2099 Out Of The Brooder

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    we're using a 4x3 dog pen for our brooder inside the coop for 12 chicks, we purchased them from our local feed store when they were 3 days old, now they're almost 3 weeks old now and all are doing fine,
     
  4. we use a box for them, but yes, it look sgood for 5 or 6 chicks. how many would you plan on putting in there?
     
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on how many hatch, we have 30 in the incubator. I'll be keeping about 10 in there if that many hatch. Including a serama and Bantie.
     
  6. i can't tell how big it is, it looks small, and unable to hold that many chicks... but it is a good idea if its big enough!
     
  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry didn't think to put the size LOL Dimensions: 40.5”L x 17.25”W x 18”H. Once they feather I can put them in the coop, but I'm afraid to put them in the coop with a heat light since there is just so much dry hay.
     
  8. oh then i believe it would be big enough...
     
  9. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think that maybe I should cover 3 of the sides with cardboard or canvas to keep some of the warmth in?
     
  10. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a pic of the brooder that I made: (Pretty much the same concept)

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    I did add some cardboard, but it was only because I couldn't get the heat to set in without it. If you are using an ecoglow then it shouldn't be a problem!
     

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