Brooder Ideas

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by William1hens, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. William1hens

    William1hens In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2014
    I'm wondering does anybody have any brooder ideas for 15-20 chicks that would last them until they're at least 3 weeks old and would be pernament.I've made them before using cardboard but never lasted after one batch and they were very hard to clean.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You can make a smaller version of the Ohio Brooder.

    I made 2 of them. As the chicks grow, put the legs on bricks. Keep adding bricks till they don't need the brooder. Usually that's 2 standard 2 1/2" thick bricks unless it's bitterly cold then they might need a third brick under each leg.
    The shavings on top are important to hold the heat in.

    One of mine only has one lamp, the larger one has 2 lamps like the original. I like 2 lamps in case one goes out but in a smaller brooder, lower wattages would be necessary.
    I prefer ceramic heat emitters so I can provide a dark period at night but you have to feel under the brooder to make sure they're still on since they don't put out light.



    If it isn't that cold out, I just hand a heat emitter in the coop and give them lots of cool space.

    Last edited: Jan 10, 2015

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