Is a cardboard box a good brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dinos_rock, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Dinos_rock

    Dinos_rock Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    I am planning on raising 2-3 chicks.[​IMG] I was wondering about what to keep them in. This is what I was planning on:

    Carboard box (maybe with pine shavings inside)
    Heat Lamp
    Water Bowl

    Is there anything I am missing? Are the pine shavings ok? I might put them in just to give them something softer to walk on, but if it is bad for them I won't. Any suggestions?
  2. First-time-raising

    First-time-raising In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2007
    Mid - Michigan
    Sounds like you have everything you need....Besides the food of course. The cardboard box should work just fine I have a friend that has raised baby chicks twice now and thats what she uses. I have 13 4week olds and have used pine shaving since I have gotton them, They work really good. I used a 2x3 foot plastic tote for my brooder cage up till they were 3 weeks old just because I had it and it wasn't being used for anything else....GOOD LUCK
  3. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    You might want to have a few bricks handy to raise the feeder and waterer off the floor after a few days. Helps keep the shavings out of them. I am in the middle of raising 50+ babies in various types of brooders and the cardboard boxes are my favorite.
  4. Dinos_rock

    Dinos_rock Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Ok, thanks. I am new to the idea of raising chicks and I wasn't sure if I was totally off or if I was in the right track...
  5. 3peeps

    3peeps Songster

    Jul 4, 2007
    I avoided pine shavings for a while since the chicks can "paste up" if they eat too many of them. I did newspaper the first week, then some old rags over the newspaper (and an old shirt once) from then on so they had some traction and did't get leg problems. I just threw the stuff out when it got dirty.

    We did a large cardboard box and it worked well, but if I did it again, I'd do a clear container so they could see me walking up to them and maybe become tame a little faster.

    We have cats who were in separate rooms, but for safety, I covered the box with a dog gate (that fits in a car) that we were not using. It saved the chicks at least once.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2007

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