My new come and go brooder is working

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Germaine_11.20, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    I have too many chicks! My "favorites" are in the coop in a protected brooder so that the big girls and boys don't hurt them.

    I was left with a bunch of wanted but not super special chicks, and the brooders were full. They needed more room than what they had been in so I made another brooder and put it out in the coop

    What I did differently with this was I put all four corners up on large bricks. Giving about 4 inches of space all around for the chicks to run in and out of. The big birds can't get under there.

    I hung a 250 red heat lamp bulb in there and put a feeder in too.

    Now they just run in to keep warm or stay out of harms way when the big chickens get an attitude. Run out and get a drink. Everyone seems to be good with this and they are all getting used to each other in a safe way.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Great idea, like having Mama Hen to run to. Got pics? [​IMG]
     
  3. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    [​IMG] great idea!
     
  4. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Sorry, I don't at the moment.
    But all you have to do is put some large bricks under each end. I made sure they were big enough that the brooder can't get knocked or tipped over. I hung the heat lamp and feeder from wire from the ceiling and threaded it through the rabbit wire top of the brooder.
    My bricks are about 8-10 inches long and 6 inches wide. The kind that are used for retaining walls.

    This was a older brooder I had been using, I just unscrewed the wood floor so it was open. It has a top and 4 sides. No bottom. Up on bricks.
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Thanks, that really is a clever idea!
     
  6. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

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    [​IMG] That's a great idea!
     
  7. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    I thought so after I rigged it up. Couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it before now. Guess I just didn't have the need.
     
  8. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Well, sort of. Mine is just a regular ol' brooder I made. 4x3 feet and about 3 feet high. I just took the bottom off.

    I do have the heat lamp bulb inside the brooder but if you had a short brooder you could hang it above the brooder and over the wire top.

    I don't want any fires so I have the bulb up about 14-16 inches off the floor.

    A few of the small/medium birds have ducked under but mostly the little guys hide in there.
     

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