Brooder Box Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hangin'witthepeeps, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. hangin'witthepeeps

    hangin'witthepeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have searched and saw a lot of brooder plans and examples. I have a question. I would like the hardware cloth in the bottom and droppings tray. BUT how old do they need to be before I put them on wire floor. Will their toes get stuck? Will the poo really fall through? I getting 25 Rainbow mix standard chickens from MPC.
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Have have a wooden brooder box that I designed so a 30x30" droppings tray I bought at TSC would slide out from the bottom. The birds are on wire and I haven't experienced any problems. If you wanted you could put a layer of newspaper on the wire for the first week.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I raised mine on 1/2" hardware cloth, sort of. Most of the poop falls through but not all. I never had any problems with their feet getting stuck, but I did have one that was about a week old get its "knee" stuck in the wire and had to be helped loose. I'm hoping I never have to brood chicks again but if I do, I'd raise them on wire, sort of, again.

    I say sort of because they were not 100% on wire. It is important for them to have access to some of their day or two old poop to eat. It helps them develop immunities. I left the poop on the 2x4's that were supporting the wire and put a piece of cardboard on a portion of the floor so they could get the poop they needed.
     
  4. steelshot

    steelshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raise all mine on 1/2 x 1/2 wire and they do fine. I put them on wire at day one and don't seem to have any troubles. I think they still get exposed to enough poo on the wire to build thier immune system.
     
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  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If you use 1/4th hole wire they can go on it from day one an most of the poop will fall threw. Standard sized birds can live on 1 by 1 square rabbit wire after there a few days old. You could go with a 1/2 inch wire an do good.
     
  6. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built my brooder box with 3 sides and hinged top. I pushed it up against the wall for the 4th side and used pine shavings on th bottom. I could easily clean it out bu sliding it away from the wall.
     
  7. hangin'witthepeeps

    hangin'witthepeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the idea of a removable side. I think now I will put in a tray shelf with shavings. Just pick up chicks remove tray, dump and put back and replace shavings. I love it!!!! Thanks guys you all are so much help. Anybody got one like this with pictures or advice?
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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  9. hangin'witthepeeps

    hangin'witthepeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Opa, this is great. Some of the pictures are not there anymore. How did you set up your light with adjustable heat?
     

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