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Old playpen as a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tigertrea, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Tigertrea

    Tigertrea Songster

    Feb 10, 2012
    LaSalle Ontario Canada
    I may be able to get my hands on an old 4X4 playpen. It has a vinyl bottom and decently strong netting around it. I have used it as a playpen for puppies in the past and it worked OK for them.

    Has anyone done this?

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    As long as the holes in the netting aren't big enough for little bitty chicks to escape. That would be great! And, I recommend a Brinsea EcoGlow brooder (heater) instead of heat lamps?

    Heat lamps scare the heck out of me now, plus the light on 24/7 sucks, too. The EcoGlow units solve that problem and are far more "normal" for chicks.

    Just my .02
  3. Last year that is all I used for my brooder....

    used it on chickens, guineas and even ducks for a shorter period...

    worked great for me and I was able to put netting on top to prevent the little guys from
    trying to fly out....I also used a heat lamp, switching mid season to the red heat lamp.
    I had the vinyl pad and put puppy pads atop that with a layer of shavings...made clean up great
    and the little ones weren't slipping around due to that vinyl pad.

    I have 2 week old chickens in it now....guineas are hatching out tonight and have them in a
    large tote box with center part of the lid cut out and wire put in place. The tote is clear and makes
    it also easy to see the keets inside.

    I don't know what kind of heater the last person is talking about but other than a light being on
    24/7, the heat lamp works great. . . wouldn't the heater have to be on 24/7 as well?

    ( I too used playpens for my puppies in past years)

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