ANy stock tank brooder pics?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grullablue, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm preparing for the arrival of our 10 chicks, and have a stock tank I intend to use for a brooder. My husband put a plywood "lid" on it with hinges, and we're cutting a "window" in the top and covering that with hardware cloth so we get no escapees. I was just wondering if anyone had pics of theirs, I'd love to see them.

    I'm not sure how big this is (gallon wise) and have not yet taken measurements. I need to get it set up with the thermometer so I can start doing test runs with the lamp(s) and check the heat.... but I'd love to see ideas!

    Angie
     
  2. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and of course, if anyone is interested, I would be glad to share pics of ours when it's done!

    (this was used for horse blanket storage...but I thought it would make a GREAT brooder, and would last quite a long time!!)
     
  3. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would that would be awesome even through I already made a brooder ( not a stock tank though).
     
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  4. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, this is a metal stock tank...like livestock waterer...not a fish tank. That would be a nice idea though if I only had a few, being able to watch them through the glass!

    Angie
     
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry no pictures of mine. I can tell you about it. It is about eight feet long. There's holes in the bottom. This is why it only cost me $45. I cut three 2x4 and attached them short-ways across the top. This has two purposes - to hold the fence wire up and to attach the heat lamps to. The wire keeps the cats out once the temp. outside goes up. I have two doors on each side for access. Over the top I have a canvass tarp to keep the heat in. A 250W bulb is at one end and 125w heat lamps are in the middle and the feed and water end. Bedding covers 75% of the floor and top soil covers the rest with the food and water. (Chickens like dirt and it keeps them from picking one another).

    The brooder is located in the barn with three quail and 14 chickens in it. Last night the temperature got to single digits. The chicks never noticed it.[​IMG] I love my brooder.
     
  6. montyhp

    montyhp Out Of The Brooder

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    No photos but I have one about 24 inches by 36 inches oval. I put a layer of bricks then a piece of plywood to fit the size of the tank exactly. Over the top I just bent a piece of chicken wire to the size. I put a piece of plywood down the middle as a divider for when the chicks were very young. That way I could just move the chicks to the other side to change the bedding. As the chicks got bigger I had to take the divider out. Finally, I moved most of the chicks to a tractor that I had pulled into the garage and left the 4 roosters in the brooder. I guess they considered it their home because when I walked into the garage they would look over the edge at me but they wouldn't fly out.

    Finally, all the chicks went out in the coop.

    Montyhp
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  7. COChickens

    COChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one setup and I will get pictures to show you how I did mine.
     
  8. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry no pics here but i used a 20 gallon fish tank for a brooder for my ti chicks now they are about 12 and 13 weeks old so they are running around outside now but it worked just fine but my roo liked jumping up and perching on the side thats when i knew it was time for outside
     
  9. COChickens

    COChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here you go I borrowed it from my horses lol! I bent and shaped welded wire over the top to keep my cats out. I have BLRW Chicks in it now and I love to use them I just carry them outside and clean it out.

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  10. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU for those pics! And the ideas above!
    I just took pics of what we have so far this morning...I will try to include them here. The rest is up to me to finish.... the "window" I plan on covering with hardware cloth I have left over from building the coop, and I even have some old trim boards, so I could even trim it so we don't have the sharp edges on the sides if I wanted to. But I welcome ideas!!

    The size of this tank is 2' x 4' x 2' high. I will hopefully have 10 chicks, 5 black australorps and 5 RIRs.

    Angie
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