Maybe one of the most cleanest brooder design....

Discussion in 'Quail' started by AuQuail, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. AuQuail

    AuQuail In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2017
    A prototype of my design has been completed today yay [​IMG] Though to share with all.

    It is a well insulated Brooder Box, with ease of cleaning and poop management!
    The pictures below explain a lot of it.

    Thermostat, to control 2 x HEAT ceramic bulbs. (75w)
    1 X led bulb
    7 days Timer for Led light. ( to simulate day and night if brooder is kept in dark shed)
    Exhaust Fans on either side for ventilation, with manual switch and thermostat (eg...summer when temp hits 30 on!)

    Material: 14mm Foam board Sheets
    Length : 1390mm
    Depth: 612mm
    Height: 600mm

    This can hold 40-50 baby quails for 3-4 weeks comfortably.

    The beauty is the POOP system! all poop falls down below and is collected in a neat manner.
    The mesh is 5mm x 5mm this ensure their little feet are not hurt from day 1.

    Extra set of poop tray is included for a minimum mess, this way u can slide a clean set in when you take out the dirty ones. There is no overspill of poop out of the tray as there is an overhang around the perimeter of all the tray.

    The mesh floor is totally removable for cleaning. ( slides out)

    Foam board is 100% water proof and will not get damaged by water.

    Let us know what you think of this, and if there can be any improvements! 20107011_1036077079861962_1075856013_o.jpg 20107958_1036077189861951_37272074_o.jpg 20106897_1036077283195275_70310303_o.jpg 20107158_1036077369861933_1618551376_o.jpg 20050487_1036077399861930_1905121780_o.jpg 20132672_1036077443195259_1677969321_o.jpg 20106994_1036077553195248_826493767_o.jpg 20132645_1036077566528580_764307988_o.jpg 20107045_1036077573195246_908901343_o.jpg 20107591_1036077576528579_1056688887_o.jpg 19911727_1036077709861899_956662562_o.jpg 20133500_1036077763195227_405917364_o.jpg 20107985_1036077803195223_1208728262_o.jpg 20148632_1036077836528553_1342662034_o.jpg 20107899_1036077943195209_123303502_o.jpg
  2. birdmandan

    birdmandan Songster

    Apr 20, 2011
    Melbourne SE Suburbs
    :bow you are clearly more handy with construction than i am. Good stuff. Post some pics of the brooder in action once you add the chicks.
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  3. DuckPro

    DuckPro Songster

    Jun 21, 2017
    Very clever! :thumbsup
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  4. AuQuail

    AuQuail In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2017
  5. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    would love more photos looks very nice
  6. Binki

    Binki Songster

    Jul 9, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Oh wow very neat!! I love it :D

    Not too keen on keeping animals on wire, however this mesh looks a lot less stressful for their feet. Have you used it before or trying it out?

    Three things I may change is putting some soft netting a few inches below the top - once baby quail get a few feathers they enjoy spontaneously flushing and it sometimes turns into a group thing - with the mesh, they will bounce back down instead of hitting the hard ceiling :)

    Second thing is I would change the white light to a red light - whenever I would shine a bright light on my chicks, even in the incubator, they can see every bit of fluff on each other and tend to think toes are worms, so they start pecking at each other, sometimes the shiny eyes look good enough to peck :O

    In case there's a wound that's red/shiny, the red light should prevent cannabilism because they love pecking at red things :p

    They sleep a lot and it keeps them calmer to have a red light as opposed to a white light for the first few weeks, I find anyways :)

    Not sure how many chicks you're hatching but you may want a SUPER GOOD divider (they are insane at getting past dividers, trust me!!) so they will stay near their food, water and light because sometimes new chicks tend to wander and get lost in big brooders :p and then remove it after a few days once they fill out the brooder more.

    Oh and another thing :D myself and a few other people find it beneficial for the birds to have something soft they can huddle against underneath the heat lamp, like a stuffed animal or something.

    Without something to shove against (looking for momma), the babies tend to push against each other constantly, reducing their rest, creating restless cuddle piles :p
  7. AuQuail

    AuQuail In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2017
    Here is a video intro on the brooder after much revision.
  8. dpenning

    dpenning Crowing

    Jul 20, 2013
    Blue Ridge, TX
    Fantastic! Very well thought out and displayed.
  9. AuQuail

    AuQuail In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2017
    Thanks for your feedback, this was a long time in the works project. and turned out better than i expected.
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  10. lomine

    lomine Crowing

    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    Wow. That's fancy. :thumbsup

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