Fanciest brooders?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by aubreynoramarie, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    Hey guys, i was hoping for some advice on where to find a nice brooder that could hold up to 20 chicks. I want to start buying day olds and raising them to sell. (since ive seen, in my area at least, that there is a demand for pullets from people who do not want to go through raising chicks).
    my question is what would be a nice long term brooder that i could maybe keep in the mudroom (my regular coop is built into my mudroom) or my garage. I was thinking a rabbit hutch would be cool. you know, one of those big wooden ones that are up off the ground and have wire doors. im just having a hard time finding something like that. i really dont want to do a plastic tub or anything, i want something nice that baby chicks would feel comfortable growing into pullets in, but would be big enough for them to have room to grow....suggestions? comments? show off your awesome brooders?
     
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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  3. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    WOW, thanks guys!
     
  5. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't have any brooder ideas but had to comment... Hello to biggest little city! I lived in Reno for 7 years, had two of my kiddos there. My oldest is spending the summer in Reno (Lemon Valley) with her Gramma. She will come home to Hawaii in a month for her second year of college. sigh..how time flies.
     
  6. Downshifting

    Downshifting Out Of The Brooder

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    I made my brooder out of the storage cube panels.

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    I also have guinea pigs so the idea came from building my guinea pig cages. http://www.guineapigcages.com/cubes.htm

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    of the cats, I had to make it like Fort Knox, so the outside is enclosed with that plastic poultry fencing to keep the cats from reaching through and messing with the chicks. I put cardboard boxes in the bottom and covered them with shavings, but if I do this again, I'll invest in a sheet of coroplast to put in the bottom. I think it'll be easier to clean up.
     

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