brooder help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by John01, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. John01

    John01 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2008
    I am getting 5 chicks next week. I originally built a nice 4' x 4' wooden box for them. I was going to put it in an unheated shed outside my home with a 250 watt heat lamp. Well I set it up today and cannot get the temperature up where it needs to be.
    So i'm scapping that plan and I'm just gonna get a plastic tub at Wal-mart & keep them in the basement. Question is how big of a tub do I need for 5 chicks & how long can they stay in it before upsizing?

    Thanks for your help
  2. tororider

    tororider Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southeast MI
    Have you tried putting something like cardboard or sheet isocyanurate along the walls of the 4x4 box to see if that helps keep the heat in before you scrap your I assume builtifully build brooder?

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: