Brooder requirements?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AnimalFriend<3, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. AnimalFriend<3

    AnimalFriend<3 Out Of The Brooder

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    How big should my brooder be for three chicks? Would a plastic tub work or should I build something fancier?
     
  2. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC. I just started with chickens over the summer and the people of BYC have been very very helpful. Feel free to drop by my BYC page which has my informative or amusing blog links.

    I have seen pics by others here that used clear plastic storage tubs with hardware cloth over the top. One member, who has a regular system for doing this, even cut half the top out for hardware cloth so the other half would help retain heat better.

    The usual rules of brooding apply. Make sure the chicks can get close enough to the heat to be warm and far enough away for comfort. They will need room for food, water, and walking around. Make sure the sides are high enough and the floor space is big enough for the final size they will attain before you evict them.
     
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  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can start off small and move them to a bigger brooder once they grow a bit. I built a 4'x2' brooder, but with new chicks I always partition it off so that they only ahve access to about a third of it for the first week or so...
     
  4. AnimalFriend<3

    AnimalFriend<3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the help! Everyone has been so nice and helpful![​IMG]
     
  5. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jeez.... I must have the mother of all home brooders!

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  6. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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    A plastic tub from Walmart works just fine. When the chicks start flying in a couple of weeks you'll have to make a wire cover. DH makes me a light wood frame with chicken wire stapled to it. My heat lamp is attached to a cheap/ small dog chain hooked to the beam in the basement ceiling so I can raise and lower the lamp as needed for heat. I never use paper for chicks since they can slip and become spraddle legged.
     
  7. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After week, you can use paper sheets. You can use shredded paper for newly hatched chicks. It compacts down into a firm surface.

    What works even better for new hatched, is the rubber shelf liner. It's soft so it gives, but it's also grippy so they don't get spraddle legs. Easy to clean too!
     
  8. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used the antislip rubber shelf liner too. Cut two sheets to fit so that you can have a clean piece ready. I use them in my animal carriers for transporting older birds too. I use modified wire animal crates for brooding which works well until chicks can go into outside coop brooder. I like to keep them closer until they learn a bit. Some breeds catch on quicker - my brahmas began roosting at 3 days EE over a week.
     

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