Brooder in dirty basement??? need advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zinkie, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. zinkie

    zinkie Chirping

    May 14, 2013
    Southern NH
    Last winter one of my girls went broody in the coop and hatched 4 chicks right in the coop. I never moved them and all was fine even though it was 5 degrees outside. This year 2 of my girls have gone broody at the same time in the same area (it is under a cabinet that is fixed to the wall) a favorite nesting area to all!

    Last year, I was able to put a box onto its side, so I could place food and water for the chicks to get to and I put up a board to give them some privacy.

    This year, with 2 broody hens, there is less room. I don't think there is enough room (aprox. 2 ft x 3 or 4 feet) to put that box on its side for the food and water.

    So I was thinking of bring them into the house and putting them in the basement. We have a room that is not used much and I could easily set up a nice area for the momma's and the new babies.

    The only problem is that it is where we often get water in the spring and summer months (very dry now) and things stored sometimes can get a bit moldy. It is not bad, not like there is mold you can scrape off or anything like that, but I worry.... will it be ok for baby chicks...... or am I introducing them to respiratory issues from the day they are born?

    Am I worrying to much about it?
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    It is a valid concern. Mold isn't good for any living being, and birds have very sensitive respiratory systems. I wouldn't put them in there, but that's me. Especially if there's a chance that water could enter their space as well.
  3. johanssonmel

    johanssonmel In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2014
    Wilmington NC
    Well, I personally think that's what guest bedrooms are for. But your spouse may not be as tolerant as mine.
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
  5. zinkie

    zinkie Chirping

    May 14, 2013
    Southern NH
    LOL, My spouse is NOT as tolerant. But I will figure out a way.

    Thanks for the comments.

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