ideas for brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nikki1, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    Eatonville, WA

    I'm a chickenless newbie looking forward to the spring when I can build my coop and buy my chicks. This winter is for impatient planning! We are looking at all the resources for making our coop predator proof...Going with sort of a Fort Knox motif...but the brooder is an issue.

    My problem is that:

    1. Yeah, yeah, I know all about chicken math, but still I'm thinking I won't need a brooder every day of the week, so I don't want to go all fancy and expensive on it.

    2. I have 2 cats that would see the little fluffies as chicken nuggets. Cats have their litter boxes in the garage with a kitty door. Could probably utilize the indoor laundry room with the door closed, but I worry about the kids accidentally leaving the door open. Also, the laundry room is also the pantry, which might be a little less than hygeinic.

    My idea is this. Take a nice, deep Rubbermaid tub. Cut the center out of the lid, and cover it securely with heavy wire mesh, small enough to keep out paws. Get a light in there somehow. Would this be adequate? Would it work? Any ideas of how I could stick the mesh to the lid frame?

    Is there a cat-owning chicken lover out there that can help me?

    As an aside, I'm new to the site and something of a techno-idiot. Between the subject line and the smiley are some buttons. Even I understand "img", "quote" and "word link," but what on earth are B, I, and U?

    [It is more comfortable to be insane and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts.]
  2. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Port Deposit, MD
    B, I, and U are bold, italics, and underline. [​IMG]
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    I'm sure there is someone out there with cats that will chime in but you idea of a rubbermaid bin is a good one! I've used this myself. I have some grates kinda like a cooling rack and I put on top of mine and just sit my lamp right on top of that!! Works great for me. Have brooded a couple of hundred chicks that way!! [​IMG]
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    First of all, [​IMG]

    And don't worry too much about the brooder; just about anything can work.

    The rubbermaid tub is fine; even a large cardboard box will work (that's what I am using).

    If you've got a large dog crate, that'll work, too.

    I would not keep it in the laundry/pantry room cuz after a couple of weeks, you'll have so much DUST that everything will be disgusting!

    A good place to check out ideas for brooders is HERE.

    You will find some good cat-proof ideas there.

  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Quote:Welcome to the BYC [​IMG]

    X2 I totally agree with AlienChick
  6. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
  7. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    If you're getting one batch of chicks all at once you can just put a heat lamp in your coop and brood them there. No brooder needed.

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