Brooder For 16

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 5Chickens, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. 5Chickens

    5Chickens Songster

    Dec 13, 2007
    I am ordering 16 Fuzzies from Ideal Hatchery:D.And I wanted to see what other people's Brooders looked like.And also,How much room will be needed for the 16 chicks in the brooders.Pictures would help for ideas.Thanks![​IMG]
  2. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    Well, my brooder for 40 is an 8 ft kiddie pool with the soft bottom and soft sides in my family room with light hung over the sides. We have gallons water bottle along the edges every few feet to keep it up and pine shavings in the bottom. With the soft sides and bottom you can make it as big or small as you want and shape it to whatever area you have available. We kind of made it into an hour glass figure with a piece of plexiglass up at the small area. We have the really small babies on the one side and we graduate them over to the big side as they get larger. With the soft sides, the chicks that can fly try to perch on them and they wobble so much that they just go back down. So we have 6 week all way down to 2 weeks in there and they are all doing great! I am choosing to keep them all together until the smallest are ready to go outside so we don't have to go through the whole re-introduction process again. I'll try to post pics when we get home from church. Hope that helps!
  3. 5Chickens

    5Chickens Songster

    Dec 13, 2007
    Thank you that did Help.I was Thinking on Getting a small kids playpen.And converting into a brooder.Would that work?
  4. Quote:I think that's what MissPrissy uses...
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Check out the Brooders thread. There's alot of neat ideas there!

    Hope this helps!


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