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My new brooder and current batch of chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crperdue, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I thought I'd post some pics of the new brooder I made.


    Here it is open:

    I made it out of OSB, 2x2s, and hardware cloth. It's 3' by 3' and 2' deep. The bottom is 1/4" hardware cloth and the top is 1/2" hardware cloth. Its hinged in the middle so I can flip it over and use the 1/2" cloth for flooring when I need to.

    Right now I'm raising some Delaware pullets and a couple of New Hampsire cockrels.

    Here is a Delaware pullet:
    She's 5 days old in this pic. These Delawares are the most active chick I have ever had! They can really run.

    A New Hampshire cockrel:
    He and his brothers are 4 days old.

    The chicks seem to be doing great and the new brooder has been a snap to clean. It might look dirty in the pic, but the droppings are beneath the wire by about two inches. I clean out both feeders and both waterers and replace the dropping papers daily. I was in the middle of doing this when I took the pics so you see the two feeders are empty and have the jars removed!
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008

  2. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

    Nov 17, 2007
    Port Orchard, WA
    Great job! Looks awesome! [​IMG]
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    What a wonderful idea!!! Great job and beautiful babies. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    Great job, makes my cardboard box look shabby.
  5. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Love It! [​IMG]

    I want Delawares! [​IMG]
  6. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I would remove hardware cloth as they can develop som feet and leg problems . Just paper towels with some shavings under for cushen. That way they won't eat wood shavings or get them in food and water.

    I love the brooder !!!!! [​IMG]

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