Brooder box question... solution... pics :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mmaddie's mom, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    I have an old brooder box that I have had for years, but because my broodies have been so good, I haven't used it in probably 10-12 years.

    It is made of tin(?) and is solid tin enclosing one end (1/3 of box) and the sides and other end are fine hardware cloth (2/3 of box) and a solid tin lid... about 2 ft.x3 ft. There is a small red light in the enclosed end and there is another light socket in the open (hardware cloth) end. Here's the question... What kind of bulb do I put in the open end socket? Red bulb? Regular light bulb? What wattage?

    2nd question... what should I line the bottom with?

    Thanks for your help and suggestions.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011

  2. LuvMyBLR

    LuvMyBLR Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    New Boston, NH
    Bulb= Red heat lamp bulb is what we use. if it gets too warm you could switch it though.
    Bottom lining = maybe newspaper at first so they dont eat shavings [​IMG] and then just after a couple days you could put down shavings.
    Wow! You must have some amazing broodies!
  3. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Quote:Thanks... I have been blessed to have lots of good and faithful broodies who have raised their own and also adopted many, many babies. [​IMG]
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    How tall is the brooder? If it's not very tall a red heat lamp will make it HOT. Also, do not use newspaper unless it's shredded. Slick newspaper can cause splayed legs. I've always used wood shavings.
  5. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Quote:Brooder is 11inches tall.
    Was thinking paper towels or a regular terry bath towel as flooring.
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    pics... not great... from cell phone... better than nothing...

    brooder, lid on


    lid off


    little red bulb under enclosed area


    Hope this gives you a better idea about what I am talking about.
  7. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    I guess what I'll do is get several different wattages and colors and experiment with a thermometer.
    What temp. should day-olds start at? Week-olds... etc?

  8. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Any other thoughts?
  9. claudicles

    claudicles Chirping

    Mar 26, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    The breeder I bought some of my chicks from used something like that but on a larger scale. The advantage of the light being down one end is that the chicks can move away from it pretty easily if it is too hot. It will be closer to the chicks than in most brooders so you probably won't need as strong a bulb. I don't know if I can add anything else useful.
  10. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Quote:Thanks for the input... I have a 40 watt clear small (appliance size) bulb in the center socket and the tiny red bulb in the covered area... I also have extra little red bulbs that I could put in the center socket? I guess I'll experiment?

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