My New Brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickens_in_fallriver, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. chickens_in_fallriver

    chickens_in_fallriver Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All,

    Our Family is getting ready for the arrival of our chicks this weekend. We wanted to share the brooder we made.

    We decided to use a large 54 gallon tote. I cut the top off and zip tied a piece of Hardware cloth that I had hanging around. I drilled two little hole to pass the zip tie through.

    I was very concerned regarding heat. I put a lamp on the inside and wired it to a dimmer switch. I tried a few types of bulbs and I'm currently using a 60 watt. It is currently 90 degrees below the lamp. The rest of the brooder is at 80 degrees. I will adjust based on the needs of the chicks.

    This was really easy to make with a minimum amount of tools. I also like how easy it is to clean.

    Materials List

    54 Gallon Rubbermaid Tote (Home Depot)
    Brooder Lamp (Home Depot)
    Dimmer Switch
    Hardware Cloth
    Zip Ties

    Total Cost - $40 to $50 estimate

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  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Nice ..

    I know you'll enjoy your chicks!

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  3. chickens_in_fallriver

    chickens_in_fallriver Out Of The Brooder

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    We are getting three silkie bantoms this weekend and getting five more on August 8th. Do you think this going to be a problem using this brooder for all of them. I'm concerned about the age difference.
     
  4. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

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    Awesome, good job thanks for posting pics [​IMG]
     
  5. jmjmcelwee

    jmjmcelwee Out Of The Brooder

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    This is very similar to what we made for our 8 chicks that are just 9 days old now. Lots of room to roam! But my lamp is on the outside of the brooder...as they get older, they like to jump/fly so you may end up moving it to outside the brooder.

    Good luck!
     
  6. chickens_in_fallriver

    chickens_in_fallriver Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to place some screening over the opening.
     

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