My New Brooder!!! *** Update***

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kevin D., Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Kevin D.

    Kevin D. Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so some of you may remeber my brooder made by a plastic bin, and a heat lamp??? Well I decided to ditch that idea, and started to build something a little bigger if you will! So here it is!
    It is 4 feet long about 3 feet wide, and about 3 feet high!

    PLEASE COMMENT WIT SUGGESTIONS!!!!

    P.S This will be for chicks and quail chicks. So, What is the best bedding to use?


     
  2. Kevin D.

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    Just bumping it upp! [​IMG] Please comment!
     
  3. Kevin D.

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    anyone?
     
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    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    looking good. nice video! [​IMG]
     
  6. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice but I am confused as to where you will put the heat lamp. Also, with it being fully enclosed, the chicks wont see you coming and so will startle easily. Pine shavings should work well. Nice place to have it so the dust wont be in the house!
     
  7. Kevin D.

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    Thanks! I will drill a whole in the top, so that the electrical cord can pass through. For some reason, I was told not to use shaving with quail. Anyone know why?
     
  8. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

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    Very nice. And I like that song you chose to go with the video too. [​IMG]
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Kevin, you win big points for effort. And I'm sure I'm not alone in appreciating how willing you are to enlist criticism, and actually move in a different direction when it's pointed out as being necessary.

    But.

    I'm afraid you need to sit down and close your eyes and pretend you are a baby chick in a group of other baby chicks and baby quail. Would you be happy in a box all enclosed and not be able to see out? Or be able to see who's coming? Or be able to see nothing else but a big, giant hand coming at you from no where?

    The big box is a great start. I would get the saber saw out and cut nice big windows in the sides. You can cover them with see-through plastic, or install glass as long as you seem to be good at building stuff. Then build a platform for the brooder and get it up off the floor. You will need to have a great deal of open area over the top to keep the heat from the heat lamp from building up like an oven and cooking the babies. I'd cut some skylights and cover them with netting or hardware cloth.

    If you have the brooder up on legs so you are administering to the babies from the side, and they can see a human is attached to the big hand and not a predator, you will be raising a batch of the friendliest chicks imaginable.

    I don't see why quail can't safely have pine shavings also. If there is something to that prohibition, peat moss works as good as pine shavings, and they'll love dust bathing in it. Or you can use sand.
     

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