Ok for brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jazzymond573, May 13, 2008.

  1. Jazzymond573

    Jazzymond573 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    Last edited: May 13, 2008
  2. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Those look great. I'm embarassed to admit that my babies start out in a rubbermaid tote with a screen lid and then graduate to a cardboard box (a huge one from an appliance store) till they grow to the coop. Its working out great though.
    I'm just not handy at all!
  3. SarahBeth

    SarahBeth In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    North Carolina
    I'm no expertbut...... That looks like it would work, but I wouldn't use it personally. I'm not too sure about the whole pool thing, and I'm not a big fan of using cardboard boxes. I tried it- messy and stinky. Chick learn to fly pretty early on, and in about 3-4 weeks they'll be flying out of that pool. I just used a simple plastic tote as my brooder. For my four chicks I used one tub from Wal-Mart that was about 2' by 1 1/2' and 2' tall. As they grew, I put chicken wire over the top opening to keep them in, but they still had plenty of head room due to the height. That box probably cost me about $12. It was super easy to clean- just dump the shaveings out, poor some clorox in it, and spray it down with a hose.
  4. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I use a big cardboard box- it's free, easy, and unless you raise new batches of chicks quite often, why store a brooder? Just burn it/throw it away and start fresh next year.
  5. Jazzymond573

    Jazzymond573 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2008
    Very true jaku! Thanks for the advice! i'll probably go up to walmart and ask them for a big box. (i will be know as crazy girl from then on!!)
  6. CritterHill

    CritterHill Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE PA
    I snagged a watermelon box from the supermarket. It is working fabulously. Though with 11 chicks, I expect them to outgrow it any day now, then I'm doomed. Maybe scam another one and tape them together?

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