Our homemade brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tangeygirl, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Tangeygirl

    Tangeygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Today we built our homemade brooder - "Peep Show" - the name borrowed from some of you BYC'rs [​IMG] It's in our living room for our family to enjoy watching the lil fluffy butts grow!

    It was simple and easy and looks like it will work out perfectly.

    We used a 90 quart clear clastic tub. With the lid we cut it appx in half and used an old stove grate to cover the other half of the brooder. We're using a brooder lamp reflector fixture with a 75 W infrared bulb - we tried a 250W red bulb first and the brooder was up to 100 degrees even with the fixture up higher than the grate. The bottom of the brooder is lined with 4 layers of papertowels that we'll change when necessary - I'm figuring every 5 days or so. We've got a thermometer mounted to the side to make sure the chicks are comfy. And then a small plastic waterer and feeder.

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    We'll be getting week old chicks from a friend tomorrow - 3 Delawares and 3 Australorps. Once they've grown and are ready to move out to our coop we hope they'll integrate well with our 2 Easter Eggers.

    I'm sooooo excited![​IMG]

    ~Jaime
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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  3. ReadyRen

    ReadyRen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope all goes will with your brooder.
     
  4. ChickenThug

    ChickenThug Out Of The Brooder

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    VERY nice!![​IMG] Hope All Goes Well With everythang.
     
  5. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Good luck with your first hatch in it! [​IMG]
     
  6. zengrrl

    zengrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea, Just keep in mind, those cute fuzzy butts will get smelly and dusty before you know. Start working on that next step, as with all babies, time flies. [​IMG]
     

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