Is 12" High too Short for a Brooder?

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  1. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking at using a 50 gallon stock tank for a coturnix quail brooder. It's 2'x4'x12" high. I'll be using a heat lamp on a dimmer and I can suspend the heat lamp higher than the tank if needed.

    Will a 12" high brooder be fine? It's on sale for $80 (I'm in Canada and it's regularly $150) and it's got round corners and it much tougher than a tote, so that's why I'm thinking of using it.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    My brooder is about that tall, I use old screens for a top to keep the jumper down if necessary.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I used one for chicks....was too small after a week, might work better for quail.
    Made a neat wire top to sit lamp on and used dimmer for heat control.
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  4. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incredibly nice work, aart! I'm much more of a hack; I get the job done but nowhere that nicely.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    That's a really nice set up.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Thanks...it was a fun thing to do, had always wanted to laminate some curves so played with it for this application.
    Used 4 layers of soaked luan plywood...and lots of clamps on the trough as a template, curved ends first then straights to join.
    Turned out real nice, it worked well and was I pretty disappointed when I realized how way too small it was for many chicks.
    My first hatching and brooding<shrugs> live and learn.

    Ended up cutting it in half to make an awning to protect a pop door....so ended up being useful for chickens anyway.
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