Can I use a galvanized (zinc-coated) steel tub for a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggspletive!, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. eggspletive!

    eggspletive! Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    I've got a big zinc-coated metal tub that I thought I might use for a brooder, but I'm wondering if perhaps the heat lamp might make the metal too hot. What do you think?
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I would set it up and watch the temperature of the metal, you certainly do not want them getting too hot. I would think that the metal could get pretty hot, esp around the heat light itself.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    One of the feed stores here use those for brooders. Should be just fine if you can fashion a light in there corectly. Feed store hangs lights from the ceiling.
  4. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    I've got one of those. Its okay as long as you keep enough shavings in the bottom of it. I line the bottom of mine with plastic then put the shavings on it. That way the tub is easier to clean & it doesn't get hot.
  5. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    your talkin about a water trough then yes, i have used 1 many times
  6. gottalovemychickens

    gottalovemychickens SaveAChickenRideACowboy

    i use a 300 gallon Horse Trough (water) as my brooder . The heat does not sink into the metal at all . I love it , its perfect !!!!!!!!!!!
  7. eggspletive!

    eggspletive! Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    Okay, well I'll just set it up and test it out first before the chickies come home. It's going to be a chore to haul it out from under the deck and scrub it, so I wanted to ask first!
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Our TSC uses the metal tubs for their chicks. [​IMG]
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Rural king uses both metal and Rubbermaid livestock water tubs for their chick days.

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