Pine in brooder, worrys about fire, advice?? (Pics)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GopherBoyFarms, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    We have a brooder that is 6 foot long X 20 inches wide X 18 inches tall. We have two 250 watt red heat bulbs on each side of the brooder and then cool space in the middle. No problems with temp in the brooder. The entire lid hinges up for cleaning and feeding. We have 25 chicks that are now 10 days old. We want to switch from the paper towels to pine shavings now but I am worried about fire. Is it safe to put the shavings in there? Also, any ideas on what to do about the little ones that are growing so fast an learning about their everytime I open the lid they are trying to fly out. I panic and close the lid. Our brooder is also on legs, about 3 feet off the ground so I am worried that they would have a heck of a fall if they fly out.

    We are new to this and need lots of help!! All day yesterday the whole family worked on building the coop and hope to have it done this week.

    This message board is AWESOME I am learning so much, but still need much help!






  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Just make sure the lamps are securely attached and go ahead and let them jump out. They have tiny wings now and should glide to the floor in a clumsy manner just fine. :p

    As for fire, just keep an eye on temps and make sure the hot spots aren't hot enough to burn a slice of bread. Oh, and make sure water doesn't splash up on the bulbs.
  3. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    Thanks for the help, one other thing is ...How deep should the pine shavings be?
  4. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I started my chicks at counter height and once they could fly, I lowered it to the floor because I didn't want them to fly and take a dive. I don't think anyone here has had a problem with heat lamps and pine. The only issue would be if is wasn't secured and it feel into the shaves.
    Or as silkie says if you can make toast, it is probably too hot!
  5. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    just an update....we changedout the papertowels to pine shavings today and my little girls LOVE it!! so do I! it smells nice and fresh, and when i tucked them in tonight (went and shut the garage and fed the momma cat that sleeps on the brooder) they are all nesting down asleep....I love my new little babys!!! thanks for all the help!
  6. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    You have a nice assortment of chicks. I see some Polish in there!! Yay. I love my polish. Have fun!
  7. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Such pretty babies!!! I love the pic of the little one with its wings up!!! Too cute!

    FLOWERPOT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    I think there is a law against child labor! LOL. Hard at it arent they!!!
  9. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    out of the 25 chicks 6 of them are Polish! Prue, Pipper, phoebe, Paige (white Crsted Black Polish) and Snowball, and Billie The Twins (White Polish). It's great that we are getting the kids to help build the coop.....keeps them off the x-box! and now they both want to do 4-H. Funny thing...the little girl isnt even ours. She is a neighbor but basically lives at our house. And always wants to help out when she is here.
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  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lovely pics, thanks for sharing. I'm waiting for my chicks which should arrive May 16, and learning all I can...this was useful!

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