brood box

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rjb68, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. rjb68

    rjb68 New Egg

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    Hello, I was wondering if someone could give me an idea on what would be a good size brood box for about 18 chicks? thanks.
     
  2. StevieNay

    StevieNay Out Of The Brooder

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    Are you going to make one or repurpose something? I've seen people use kiddie pools, which might be good for that many chicks. You'll probably need more space than you think you do at first... they grow fast!
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    If you are building one, use a 4x8 sheet of plywood for the base and another 4x8 sheet for the sides. If you use OSB, @ 8 a sheet, you will only have $16 in the box. Use screws and you can disassemble and repurpose or to make easier storage for next time.

    I just use my utility trailer, which a bit larger, 8x5. That is a great size for 18 chicks. They need lots and lots of room.


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  4. rjb68

    rjb68 New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice, bigger always seems better than smaller. When able of course.
     
  5. StevieNay

    StevieNay Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Nice utility trailer! Yep, I'd make one of plywood or OSB if I were going to do it again. We're using a big rubbermaid for 8, and they'll be outgrowing it any day now. It wouldn't even cost me anything extra (compared to the rubbermaid) to use a couple of sheets of plywood.
     

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