MHP Construction ideas needed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rick&Chris, Sep 20, 2018.

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  1. Wyorp Rock

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    I had also thought about a hanging one, but then worried about beaks or toes getting hung up in the chain - I suppose it depends on the type of chain used too. I re-use everything, so only had Jack chain, but a bigger size might just work.
     
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  2. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

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    Yeah, I have some concerns about them jumping on it too. I dunno, I need to get out in the shop and just play with some stuff. I plan to cut a couple 1x1s a foot long and then cut some small dowels 24" and make a little support like that with just three dowels across, should be able to attach them with poultry staples. I may fashion something from cardboard to discourage them jumping on top.
     
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    Oh, they will be on top of it for sure LOL As soon as one figures out how to get up there the other will follow.

    Getting out and tinkering with your design is the best way to do it. I must have looked at 100s of photos, but I think we all eventually come up with what works for our own set-up. No 2 are exactly alike:)
     
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  4. aart

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    Someone had one hanging from chains...IIRC it hung from a frame that kept it from swinging too much. Made it easy to raise and lower.
     
  5. RainSong.LMT

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    I used a metal grid square and used stick and seal wrap to attach the heating pad. Used garden string to hang the grid at an angle in the brooder. This is my first go at chickens but it seemed to work well.
     
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  6. Christabean

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    Just chiming in my zero-cost option of a cardboard frame made from a canning jar package. I know a lot of urban farmers/homesteaders probably have these on hand as well!
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  7. Mosey2003

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    @Christabean I never thought of that, good idea!
    I have a few different boxes I bet I could cut and tape a ruler in the middle to hold up too...
     
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    Problem with this is there's no escape/egress except the front...might work fine for just a few chicks tho.
     
  9. Christabean

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    Yes, good point, it wouldn't work for a crowd. Although you could easily cut a back door, it's also pretty small.
     
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  10. ZoomuKeeper

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    do you enclose your heat pad in plastic wrap and you do not have any issues with the heat pad slipping out of the bungies? I normally use a red heat lamp but I am converting to a heat pad.
     

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