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Can a cardboard box be a 6 week long brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ragerkid2, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    I'm getting 12 chicks and they just don't sell a big enough plastic tote for the six week period they will be in my house. I was thinking of going to wal*mart and asking for the biggest box I can find. Or putting a couple boxes together with a bunch of duct tape. Would this last 6 weeks?
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, I have done that before and done just what you said, cut one end out of each of two boxes and taped them together. Worked perfectly.
  3. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    done it as well. works great!
  4. cabinonalake

    cabinonalake Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2012
    That's what I did, I got boxes from work (free), laid them on their longest/widest sides, cut the tops and duct taped it together. The final result is 4'x2' for our 10 chickies, and we only had to buy the duct tape.. Maybe, you could go to sears or another appliance store and see if they have any refridgerator boxes and I'm sure that would be big enough...
  5. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    Okay great!!! How did you go about cleaning these boxes? Did use use newspaper under the shavings etc...
  6. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2011
    I got a box from Walmart. it's an Oscar Mayor Fully Cooked Bacon PDQ box. It's about 3ft x 3ft x 3ft

    I don't have any chicks in it yet, so I don't know how long it'll last for them. But it's a great box cause it comes with a bottom.
  7. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Buckley washington
    If you look at post # 5 on this page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/634896/brooder-set-up-pictures-please

    you can see what Ive done. Granted its for nearly 30 birds.. but this seems to be working really well. Just make sure that you put down at least one layer (preferably 2) of heavy duity tarp under them. That keeps spilage, leaks, ext from getting to the floor and makes clean up A LOT easier!
  8. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    I saw that and loved the idea, that's why I posted this. I was just wondering if I should get a couple boxes I case they do go bad.
  9. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    Go to a place that sells appliances and ask for a box. If you have time in advance you can ask several places as they may not have any immediately. My husband works for Home Depot and when I was brooding ducklings inside he brought me a refrigerator box. It was GREAT and huge. I blocked it off and started moving the divider as they grew. It was wonderful for 7 ducklings for almost 2 months. You can also get plastic drop clothes for the bottom. I found it easier (at least with ducklings) to just use the cardboard as a surround and tape drop cloth to the bottom with shavings on top. Ducklings are WAY more messy than chicks though so maintanence would be easier either way.
  10. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    So mabye a tarp on the inside and outside of the box? It sounds better than newspapers. That way I could scrub the tarp down.

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