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Brooders...pics for 20+?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grullablue, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've made and used a very nice brooder, but in the next couple of months I plan to order 25 chicks. Just don't think it will be big enough for 25 chicks beyond the first week. I would LOVE to see photos of your brooders that are used for 20+, and how long you were able to keep that many in it! Thank you!
    Angie
     
  2. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours is 8' long and we keep up to 28 chicks to 7-8 weeks then out to coop in normal weather.
     
  3. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh very nice!! Looks like the top and front are hardware cloth? My "brooder" is about half this size by the looks of it. I normally keep it in the garage, so would want mine draft free. Our actual temp right now is 15 below zero. I don't have a lot of building projects under my belt, but I'd like to try to build something on my own. Hubby is the builder in the family....but I'd like to try to tackle this project on my own.

    Thanks for a great idea! It's very nice, and great to know how many/how long you got use of it!

    Angie
     
  4. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hardware cloth is really plastic weave. Not metal wire. You can get it at HD or LOWs, very easy to work with, cut with scissors and just staple to the frame. Although I ripped the lumber from my pine logs, everything there you can buy from the above. 1x2 pine strips make all the frames. Floor, ends and back wall 1/4 plywood, you can also get it cut to size from the above locations. Simple cheap hinges, with a string to keep them flipping way over back. Drilled holes in top for heat lamps. Hope this helps with ideas.

    [​IMG]If you notice in the back you'll see some yellow 1/2 insulating panels, those I use to close the back and the front if avoiding a draft. Cheap and works. Mine is in basement.
     
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  5. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your brooder!

    Angie
     
  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    How tall and deep is that brooder? About 2 ft?
     
  7. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just about, 26" deep and tall.
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks, I just might have to make one that size. Removable dividers shouldn't be too hard to add
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Outside brooder for temps in the 30s and below, bottom is thick cardboard covered with pine shavings, sides are hay bales, topper was two pieces of plywood that could be positioned for more air flow for warmer day time temps. Easy to make smaller or expand at any given time by taking away or adding hay bales and easy to open up to a larger area while still keeping a cozy place to sleep near the light by just removing a wall of hay bales. Cheap, easy to set up and break down, effective, easy to heat and keeps the smells and mess outside.


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