Expanded brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by akchick76, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. akchick76

    akchick76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, chicken math struck before I even got my original order of six chicks. I now have 11. My original brooder plan worked great until the last six came in, so I decided the kiddies needed a playroom.

    I started with a sterilite tote, altered the lid with mesh and zip ties. But soon everyone out grow that so I got a bigger tote, which turned out to be almost the same size. Then I remembered seeing some where on BYC where someone had connected two totes with a tunnel. That's it!

    So now, the chicks get a playroom, with blocks for climbing and jumping, almost roosting, and plenty of room to pretend dust bath in the shavings. The other tote is for eating and sleeping under the brinsea. Perfect! They are having a blast. It will be hard to get them to go to sleep tonight!


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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    What I especially like, besides the space, is the choices they have in temperature.
     
  3. Jo Anne

    Jo Anne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea
     
  4. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Neat set up! X2 on the choices of temps. Should make for some healthy, hardy birds!
     
  5. annav410

    annav410 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like this idea! We were thinking about doing this for our 9 chicks and now I have another good idea on how to connect the brooders.[​IMG]
     
  6. akchick76

    akchick76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They love it. They spent most of the evening running around and stretching their wings. It sounded like a high school girl slumber party. Then when it was lights out, they got their last bite and drink and snuggled all together under the brinsea. Perfect! I think that today I will hang a chick stick on the playroom side with a small bowl of grit and see how that goes.
     
  7. QuietPony

    QuietPony Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is really cool! :)
     
  8. akchick76

    akchick76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  9. Kay1993

    Kay1993 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is much more neater and nicer than putting two cardboard boxes together (what i did) [​IMG]. Lovely job!
     
  10. akchick76

    akchick76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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