Huge Laundry basket as a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wyo-helpmeet, May 3, 2009.

  1. wyo-helpmeet

    wyo-helpmeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering (newbie, BTW) if I can use one of those utility sized laundry baskets as a brooder with a towel on the bottom, covered in pine shavings? I'm also planning on making a wood frame with chicken wire for the top to keep babies in & pets out. TIA!
     
  2. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
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    [​IMG] I'm new too so someone else will have some answers for you I'm sure! [​IMG]
     
  3. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as long as the basket has solid sides (no holes) it should be fine. People on here use the rubbermade totes all the time for brooders.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I'd go with the large tote instead. That keeps down drafts. You'd also be surprised how teensy the babies are, and what size of a hole they can squeeze (or just walk) through.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    I picked up a 45 gallon Rubbermaid tote to use for my main brooder. It was something like $10 and it worked like a charm. [​IMG] But...

    I have no babies left in my brooders, they're all in the tractor now. [​IMG]
     
  7. wyo-helpmeet

    wyo-helpmeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somewhere around page 30 of the brooders thread, I saw a "reformed" rabbit hutch. Since we're wanting to do meat rabbits at some time, I thought making a rabbit hutch would be PERFECT for chicks, then rabbits! THNX for link cmom, and I love your pics on your page!
     

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