Homemade Brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gatekeeper, May 10, 2008.

  1. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I have some questions:

    I am making a home made brooder out of 3/8" plywood. Its 24" wide - 48" long and 11.5" high.

    QUESTION #1 - How many average size checks can I fit for say 3 weeks comfortably in this 8 sq ft playpen?

    QUESTION #2 - I wanted to use 1/4" wire mesh flooring - will that be big enough to let poop through for at least 3 weeks?

    QUESTION #3 - I want to use a wafer thermostat with a dimmer switch and a good light for the heater. Does anyone have instructions on how I should wire this?

    QUESTION #4 - What is your favorite breed?


    Gate
     
  2. Cheep Mama

    Cheep Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't help with your brooder questions, but I like buff orpingtons and isa browns. Rhode island reds are pretty as well.
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, I have some questions:

    I am making a home made brooder out of 3/8" plywood. Its 24" wide - 48" long and 11.5" high.

    QUESTION #1 - How many average size checks can I fit for say 3 weeks comfortably in this 8 sq ft playpen?
    i have have 15 chicks(between 3-6weeks)and three ducklings in a 5x3 area and they have planty room.
    QUESTION #2 - I wanted to use 1/4" wire mesh flooring - will that be big enough to let poop through for at least 3 weeks?

    cant answer that as mine are in a old laundryroom .


    QUESTION #3 - I want to use a wafer thermostat with a dimmer switch and a good light for the heater. Does anyone have instructions on how I should wire this?

    cant help here either, but if your room temp is halfway stable you might not need a wafer
    QUESTION #4 - What is your favorite breed?

    anything weird looking . I love polish, frizzle, silkies all the tophats and long tails for looking at. But if i want great layers one day i will get some buckeyes and maybe EE's(easter eggers) and cuckoo marans.
     
  4. I made mine 21x48. 5 sex links are in there, and they are a month old. I have shavings, no drop outs. Homemade as well, 2x6's, 1/2 plywood etc.
     
  5. Animallover606

    Animallover606 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    theres a brooder thread you could go to it has alot of brooders
     

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