How often do you clean the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dodgewoman, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. dodgewoman

    dodgewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mean fully clean it all out. I'm afraid to do it too much b/c I have to displace the chicks into another smaller box that I'm afraid stresses them out.
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    they will be ok, or you can put them in a dark box and keep it warm and they might sleep through it.

    The poop smell will be very strong and uncomfortable to them.
     
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  3. keith brickhouse

    keith brickhouse Out Of The Brooder

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    i try to clean mine fully every 2 hatchs and disenfect it
     
  4. dodgewoman

    dodgewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did notice that when I put them in the smaller boxes and closed the tops that they just hunkered down and stopped chirping. I'll do it more often then. I've only done it once and we go the chicks Thursday.
     
  5. Megs501

    Megs501 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chicks coming tomorrow or wednesday. So to clarify, how often should I clean out their brooder? Every few days?

    Thanks ;)
     
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    when you can smell it?
     
  7. Megs501

    Megs501 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha- good answer. ;) that makes sense. Tink I'm over thinking the whole baby chicks thing?!
     
  8. only4ghosts

    only4ghosts Out Of The Brooder

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    I scrub mine out every other day.
     
  9. farriersgirl

    farriersgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I cleaned mine out at least every other day they stand in their food and can poop all over that.
     
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  10. musikfan6

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    I do mine about once every four or five days if I can help it. At this point, mine are three weeks old and have majorly increased their appetites which means they have majorly increased their pooping. I just get in the brooder with my hands and scrape up all of the top layer with most of the poop (Yeah, it's disgusting that I used my bare hands, but I just wash them really good afterwords). Then I put down a fresh layer of pine shavings. They don't seem to mind it if I move slowly. Otherwise, they get really unnerved if I go about it too fast.
     

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