Bigger brooder for our 2 wk old chicks w/lots of pics

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Four Acre Bliss, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Four Acre Bliss

    Four Acre Bliss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, we started out with a large Rubbermaid tub and a heat lamp, but our eleven chicks outgrew that by the end of week two. So we just upgraded and I wanted to show what we did, because if you have children, it's likely you have this stuff lying around, or it can be found on Craigslist dirt cheap.

    What we used:

    1 Superyard XL baby pen
    2 broom handles (one for supporting the lid, one for a roost)
    1 tarp (for underneath the pen)
    4 zip ties
    2 heat lamps
    ... and the regular chick stuff (feeder, litter, waterer and all that)

    Behold, the Superyard XL -- reconfigured for chickens:

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    And here are some interior pics of the girls (and possibly a couple of boys) enjoying their expanded digs:

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    If you want to know how to make one, let me know. It was simple once we figured out how to fit things together right. And the whole top works like a big door for easy cleaning and feeding. Hope this helps someone!
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    WOW that looks GREAT! And they look very happy in there.
     
  3. lichick28

    lichick28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful set up
     
  4. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice however I don't beleive that chickens should be in the house.
     
  5. Four Acre Bliss

    Four Acre Bliss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's 32 degrees outside, where would you suggest I keep them? Trust me, they're headed right outside as soon as they're feathered out and the weather gets warmer. I have no intention of keeping house chickens in the long term. [​IMG]
     
  6. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Looks nice!

    Good use of spare stuff!
     
  7. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
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    haha i love the flighty pic, where the chick is jumping.
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    They look very happy. You did a nice job! What a creative solution.
     
  9. thomi

    thomi Out Of The Brooder

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    Very cool. Ours are getting too cramped in the brooder as well and since the coop is probably another week or two out due to weather we may need to op for a temporary solution. Thanks for the great idea.
     
  10. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:awww why not..

    LOL kidding
     

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