How do you cut a plastic tub to make it look neat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by what did I do, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to have some chicks on display at a nursing home. The home has a young cat living there I know I need a screen on the top and a viewing window on the side. I have an ecoglow brooder to put inside. Suggestions? Help!
     
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  2. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of tool do you use to make a neat cut in the side of the plastic tub?
     
  3. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used plastic tubs to make nest boxes and I cut a hole with a new utility knife. It wasn't easy but it worked and looks pretty good!
     
  4. CarriesPeeps

    CarriesPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a router to cut mine out.
     
  5. Child of Noah

    Child of Noah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a clear Sterilite stackable. I have cats and a dog who were bound to be curious. Not that I am trying to sell that particular brand, but it was the one which happened to be on sale, so I was lucky. It was straight-sided so I didn't lose floor space, and the plastic was softer and less brittle (more like a butter tub, less like a Barbie house). I was able to cut the top with a utility knife.
    It was clear so I didn't need to cut a "window" in the side. I could still see the babies, but no heat loss. Also, there was less of a place for baby-chick-smell to seep out and taunt my cats and dog.
     
  6. akchick76

    akchick76 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cut mine with a jigsaw and a fine blade. I followed the inner grove on the lid, the drilled small holes about 1/2 inch from cut edge so I could zip-tie the 1/2" "fencing". I also used a clear tote and did not do a side window. The opening on the lid covers most of the area, extra ventilation not necessary.
     
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  7. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the tips. I'm going to look for a clear plastic tub this next week.
     

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