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Plastic Storage Bin Container for Brooder Box

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MyNameIs86, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    Today I was at Target looking at Plastic Container boxes.

    What is your recommendation for size?

  2. Chickiee

    Chickiee Songster

    Hi, I'm pretty new at this too... our first chicks are coming in 2 weeks. But, I went to Walmart looking for a big plastic bin and ended up asking the associate if I could get the big boxes those big bins come in before they crush them. They stock their shelves and then usually crush the boxes later that day. They saved me a couple of really big boxes a couple days after I was in, I went back and picked them up, and that's what I'll be using for the brooder. I just asked them for the biggest boxes they could get me. I figured if they weren't quite big enough, then I'll tape a couple together like a couple other people had posted. I heard the "rule of thumb" if 1/2 square foot per chick in brooder. I'll be taping the small ends closed and opening one of the longer side to make a large rectangle. Free! I think they'll work out well, especially since they'll only be in there 5-6 weeks or so. I'm taking someone else's recommendation and putting some poultry fencing over the top once they're big enough to start jumping/flying out. Don't want to lose anyone! Good luck! :)
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    Here's a photo of mine. It's a 30 gallon tub - and it works great! By the way, I don't use the screen until they get big enough to jump out.

  4. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    Awesome. I saw that one as well @ Target. However I'm looking for a clear one. The 30 gallon clear bin looked pretty small compared the the non-clear one..weird.
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Got one that is a 50 gal. Works well!
  6. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    Went chicken supply shopping today!
    Got a 66 QT bin (It doesn't look big)
    also got a clip on light as well... all i need a stinking thermometer. Looked at 2-3 different places.
  7. smak616

    smak616 Hatching

    Sep 28, 2012
    If I am going to get 6 checks, what size plastic bin is best for a brooder?

  8. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chirping

    Sep 17, 2012
    Galivants Ferry, SC
    The biggest you have space for. ;) Even six chicks take up a lot of room before you move them outside. And the more space, the better.
  9. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    By the time they are a month old they will need about 2 sq ft per bird in the brooder. Seems awfully large when they are little but you will be shocked how fast they grow. Unless you want to make a brooder twice get one big enough to begin with..

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