Brooder- What Sized Rubber Tub?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by koakritters, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to look at tubs today at Kmart since i'm thinking i need to make another brooder soon... more hatching on sunday hopefully and these guys still arn't sold!!! [​IMG] most of the tubs seemed really small, and the ones that were more gallons just went up higher and didn't add to floor space. what size do you use? I didn't come home with any since they all seemed too small for them to be in.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My rubbermaid tub is 46 gallons. It works well for small babies, but they can't stay in it for long unless I have just a few. I usually try to move them outside with a heat lamp as soon as I possibly can. Sometimes I also use my daughters old playpen as a brooder, it offers much more space. Its a thought if your not really set on the tub, and you can find them cheap at yard sales and such. But it is a pain to clean, the tub is much easier in that aspect. Good luck.
     
  3. MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast

    MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast Out Of The Brooder

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    you could flip a tall container on its side so they have more floor space..........just a sugestion........... [​IMG]
     
  4. j0n

    j0n Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a 31 gallon rubbermaid, it was fine for 3 chicks until they were 6 weeks old - then it got cramped. You probably have more than that so a 31 gallon would only be good for a few weeks.
     
  5. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly...the bigger, the better!!! We had 6 chicks in ours for about 5 weeks and it was really pushing it...The one I found was a LONG one at Walmart.....had never seen them there before. I think it was 49 gallon.
     
  6. countryway1422

    countryway1422 Out Of The Brooder

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    i used a 35 gal tub for the couple weeks then it got crowded...but for $30 is able to build a new brooder that was 28"x48"x18"
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a 110 gallon black plastic stock tank, costs about $80 at the feed store, very heavy, very sturdy, about 4 ft long at bottom but close to 30 inches wide. I use it for other stuff, but for an emergency large brooder in a barn, it would work.
     
  8. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a great brooder out of a small kids swimming pool and a large cardboard box. I untaped/flattened a large box and made it into a circle which fits perfectly into the pool perimeter. I even used a piece of clear vinyl plastic and duct tape to make a large window on the front. I used it for my chickens last year and am using it again for my new batch this year. Perfect for 2-6 birds! I just fill the floor with shavings.

    Here's an old pic from last year's batch... Did I mention it was basically FREE!?

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    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    My brooder is a big black 110 gallon watering trough from TSC It's pretty big and tall, and gives the chicks plenty of room to run around. I think it cost around $50, and it was well worth it.
     
  10. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:That's what mine is, exacty! (Don'tcha love yours, Gypsi?) I'd recommend one for sure...But I think mine may have cost less...either 50 or 60 dollars.....
     

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