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Brooder size questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Maqui, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Maqui

    Maqui Just Hatched

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    I caught the chicken 'bug' last summer when a neighbor gave me 2 hens and a hoop house. Now I'm getting ready for some new peeps which I have never done before. I'm all for bigger is better and want to build a brooder 'box' that will house 6 peeps until I can get a bigger coop constructed.

    The biggest question I have - is there any reason why most people build rectangular brooder boxes, such as 3 x 5 ?

    I was thinking of doing a 4 x 4 for the sole reason I can get a sheet of plywood and have it cut in half, then 1/2 into 12" sections. That would be the base of my brooder 'box'.

    Am I missing 'something' by doing a square like that?

    Thanks in advance for any replies from you masters.

    MaryAnn
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2017
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course square is fine. I think the reason we may use rectangular for brooder boxes or any boxes is that a rectangular box is easier to carry around if it isn't as wide as long.
     
  3. Maqui

    Maqui Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the reply, SueT, and you have a great point there! There's a brooder box pictured on this website that I was thinking of doing something like. The top is removable so the whole thing would be manageable for me to move. Being only 12" high, the base would go through a door sideways.
     
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    The other reason to go rectangular is the heat lamp. One end is the warm end and the other is a cool down side. It is critical that they can not only get warm but also cool off.
     
  5. Maqui

    Maqui Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the reply 21hens-incharge. I did think about that! I got most of my materials yesterday and decided on a 3x5. I will post photos in the brooder section when I am done. Peeps due to arrive around April 19
     
  6. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    You are welcome. Looking forward to the updates.

    My babies are with a mama hen and at 45 degrees this morning they are running about scratching up a storm.
     

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