I have a homemade brooder and need some quick advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shellcracker, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. shellcracker

    shellcracker Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2009
    Pitts, Georgia
    I have a homemade brooder and need some help on how to ventalate it. The brooder is 30x36 made out of plywood with a wood top and bottom. I have read where the brooders need to be draft free but I feel like it needs some type of ventalation to keep the chicks some fresh air. This is my first batch and they will be arriving next week so please help me with this problem
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Good question. You could just take the top off. Many brooders don't have a top and if they do, it's made of wire. As long as you have solid sides and a solid bottom, you should not have any drafts. You can test it by putting a candle in it and observe the flame.
  3. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Do you have a pic you can post? Might make it easier to offer advice. [​IMG]
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  5. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    If it is a solid "cube" with opening top I would use a jig saw and cut opening in the top and cover with chicken wire.
  6. shellcracker

    shellcracker Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2009
    Pitts, Georgia
    Quote:Sorry no pictures at the present time. It is a solid wood box 30x36x30inches high.
  7. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Take the top off. Or at least half the top.
  8. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    I found it easier to use a plastic tote (large size) as a brooder the first couple of weeks. After that, I move them to the large wooden box -- sounds like it is about the same size as your's. Our's doesn't have a top, we have made a top for it from wire framed with wood. I'm fairly certain in one more week, they will be flying to the top of it to survey the greater world beyond their walls [​IMG] so the top is very necessary.
  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:I agree, top needs air, any kind of wire, window screen, whatever you have. If you have to buy something, plastic bird netting from Home Depot is under $10 for a big roll.
  10. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    We worry so much about the chicks getting cold.. But if you listen and observe you can tell if they are comfortable.
    Leaving the top partially off to give fresh air and reduce the moisture sounds good. Heck go to the farm stores and they have the chicks in horse troughs with heat lamp on one end. They are running and jumping around not cold at all.
    And if broody hen was raising them they have all sorts of temp. changes but can zip under momma to warm up....
    If they are spread out eating and chirping contently they are comfortable with the temp. I would worry more about overheating them....

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