Idea For a Brooder

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Haunted55, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatching eggs in Maine, during the late Fall months, is not the smartest thing to do. Especially when your housing for your birds isn't finished. Although, when you find a good deal on something, very few of us can pass it up, right? With a chance to get hatching eggs for some of my 'dream' ducks, at a good price, I couldn't pass it up.

    Well the eggs hatched with much better results than I ever expected. [This is a shameless plug for Celtic Oaks Farm and their fantastic stock.] Okay, now what? I have the biggest totes I can find and they still aren't going to handle all of these birds. 10 Kahki Campbells, 5 Silver Appleyards and 3 Muscovy. The duck house isn't finished inside and it's too cold for them even with a heat lamp. No work shop to build one in and the weather is miserable. Then it hit me.....a Deck Box! Why not? They're big, sturdy, easily cleaned and won't break and crack like the smaller totes after being used for repeated hatchings. Off to Home Depot.

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    This is a picture of it after lining it with plastic. I don't really think you would need to if it were chickens, but with ducks I really thought it would be a good idea. The measurements are 60" L x 28" H x 26" W.

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    Here's an inside view of one half of the box,

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    and here's the other end. These little guys now have plenty of room and I have time to set up a proper area for them in the duck house.
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    so glad you had so many hatch after everything the eggs went through to get to you.
     
  3. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really! In spite of the Post Office and their delivery people, you can see just how many of the KCs and SAs I got. With this box they don't have to be split up either, another plus.
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    love how you set it up, and so glad you are happy with them all
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I really like this idea, of course if I hatched out that many ducklings this time of year I'd be sleeping in there with them, dh would not be a happy man. Those are some adorable babies too. [​IMG]
     
  6. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol! And you think mine is? The only saving grace is they talk to him. I think they like his red hair.
     
  7. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the way all the wives in our world continue their pretense that we men have any true say in such many hardly any matters related to how 'our castle' is to be operated, or which manners of fowl or animal are to be welcomed therein. I'd expose the conspiracy, if not for my fear of losing one sock from every pair of my favorite ones, all over again.

    SoOo .... I like the biggest brother of all plastic tote based brooders, but most especially the use of the wire tray under the waterer.

    But, you shoulda done your math better to begin with:

    Quality eggs from CelticOakFarms + Haunted55's skills w/ incubation = Ducks x 1.5 or so ~'-)
     
  8. Miss Lydia

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  9. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahem, it's Christmas Eve, I'll be good. The tray sits over my favorite roasting pan with a cake cooling rack over it. I've used this for a while now and it really does help. Husband cut out a bit of the edge so it will sit corretly within the handles. Sturdy set up for sure.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can you get a good pic of that set up H? I'm sure alot that use a brooder would like to see it, me too. Thanks
     

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