My dog cage brooder. Hope this is okay

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ThinkingChickens, May 31, 2011.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband and I saw this idea at our local feed store and we hope it's a good one. It's the bottom half of a dog kennel, lined in newspaper and pine shavings. Then we've secured chicken wire to the top and added a couple towels and a red heat lamp. We have three baby chicks in there.

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    Homemade chicken brooder by Raven Wren Designs, on Flickr
     
  2. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is the temp in there?
     
  3. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I didn't get a thermometer. Darn it! The feed store is closed until tomorrow.
     
  4. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is the wattage of the heat lamp? How deep is the brooder from the top to the bottom?
     
  5. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seems like it would get way too hot in a crate with that large brooder lamp. They have no space to move away from the heat if that's the case. Be very aware of their behavior and make changes as necessary, perhaps hang the light up higher if they seem too hot. Should not be over 95 degrees and then for each week you lower the temp by five degrees each week until fully feathered.

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  6. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eek, I hope I'm doing this right. The dog pen is 15" deep, and 47"x27" width and length. The heat lamp has a 60 watt red bulb. Only half of the brooder has light. The other half is just covered with a light towel as this is in the garage. The temp at night outside is mid forties and right now it's 55 outside. Here is a better picture of the whole set up...

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    brooder by Raven Wren Designs, on Flickr
     
  7. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks fine! Just watch there behavior
     
  8. bird_brain_scientist

    bird_brain_scientist Out Of The Brooder

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    60W sounds about right at that distance! Though I'd still consider placing it on one side so they can self-regulate.
     
  9. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's way off on the left so they can move to the right if need be. Thank you guys for helping. What behaviors should I be watching for? Just so I know since I'm a paranoid new mommy. See this is why it's worth the money to buy 6 week old chickens. LMAO!
     
  10. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the temp like outside the brooder? Our weather has varied from 60 in the house over 80 and we only used a 60 watt amber bug bulb and they did well.
     

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