Is it safe to use a fish tank/plastic storage bin as a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JSW99, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. JSW99

    JSW99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Online they said it would be okay to use a plastic storage bin or a fish tank for a brooder, but will it get to hot? I have a feeling that it will either become to hot and hurt the chicks feet, or start a fire. Is it safe?
     
  2. CrystalWho

    CrystalWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a book that says to use a fish tank.
     
  3. nh104

    nh104 Out Of The Brooder

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    Im using a fish tank without any issues. Stays constant 85-90 inside. Not hot or any air flow problems.
     
  4. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Up until this year, I have been keeping my chicks in a plastic bin. I have had no problems with it whatsoever. I assume you already know this, but just make sure to put bedding on the bottom of the brooder, then it should not bother their feet.
     
  5. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too, used a plastic storage tote as a brooder box and was satisfied with the results. What I liked about it was that I could drill holes in it for modifications. I used an ecoglow with mine, which the birds loved. And then used a clip on work light for light to establish a light/dark cycle with the birds. No issues with too hot or cool either way. They were very comfortable.
     
  6. shannonruedger

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    I am using a 55 gallon rubbermaid tote and it is working great. I had a 250 watt heat lamp on them for the first 2 weeks and then just had the heat on in the spare room where I have them for now. During the day I have a section partioned off where they get their exercise and fresh vegys for treats once a day with a bit of gravel on the side. Mine are about 5 weeks and almost ready to be taken out to their new coop and run. At night I place them back in their tote and put a screen on it. They just love using those new wings. good luck
     
  7. jrsno1fan

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    I used a rubbermaid tote as well with a red heat lamp worked out great.

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    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012

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