Plastic Tub brooder build & I have some questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ddmiddle7, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. ddmiddle7

    ddmiddle7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys, I need some of your BYC wisdom...I am setting up my plastic tub brooder and wanted to know if this will be good to keep the 5 chickies in unitl I can move them to their coop at 6-8weeks old. They are standard size chick; 2 Ameraucanas, 2 Plymoth Barred Rocks, and one Black Sex-Link.

    Ok here is what I am going to be using:
    106Qt /100L plastic tub. It is 33 3/4 in Long X 19 3/8 in Deep X 13 3/8 in Tall

    I am going to cut out the middle of the lid and install 1/4in Hardware cloth into by punching holes all around the edge and securing it with zip ties (I will be using washers on the inside and outside of the lid to insure the zip ties don't rip the plastic lid). I bought a reflector lamp and an inside/outside thermometer to monitor the temps inside. I don't want to use a 250watt red bulb because I believe it will be too much heat for just the five little ladies. Does anyone know where I can find a red flood light that is like 150watts?

    Any thoughts or suggestions/ideas will be helpful...this is my first time so I want to make sure they are going to be happy and comfortable.

    Thanks,
    Dereck
     
  2. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to put the light down on one end so they have a cooler end if they get too warm.
     
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use a lower watt incandescent bulb or put a heat lamp on a dimmer. I've done both. I'm currently using a 60 watt bulb at it keeps the warm side of my brooder at 95 in a 70 degree room. I don't think that size tub will work for very long. My chicks are only 2 weeks old and are already in a 36" dog crate. But you can always buy a bigger tub later. Lowes has a nice 50 gallon tub for $20. And Home Depot has lamp dimmers for $10.
     
  4. ddmiddle7

    ddmiddle7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe i will take it back then before i cut it and just get the 50 gallon tub... see this is why I didn't start it yet. I had a feeling it would be too small. I don't want to have to build more than one brooder since this is the only group of chicks I will be getting anytime soon. I know, I know...everyone says that when they get chickens but I don't have a choice my landlord will only allow me to get 5...so i know I won't be getting anymore. If i get a 50 gallon tub I shouldn't have to build another one right? This should last them until I can put them outside right? I have looked at Walmart, Meijer, Lowes, and Home Depot for a red bulb that is lower than 250watts but the only one I can find is a party bulb that is 25 watts. I know that is not strong enough. I don't want to use a white bulb if I don't have to, since I have read that it can cause some flighty chicks... I want them to be able to experience a night/day pattern.

    Thanks again! You guys rock![​IMG]
     
  5. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Kavellion

    Kavellion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure your light is high enough so they don't get fried. I use the plastic tubs for like three weeks and they are great. After 3 weeks I put em in something bigger cause they just get to big.
     
  7. OrpingtonDude

    OrpingtonDude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this sorta what your doing?? It is a 45 Gal. Tote.
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    It works out really well. Right now I am using a 75 Watt. bulb for chicks about 1 week to 3 weeks.
     
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  8. Kaneke

    Kaneke Chillin' With My Peeps

    my chicks are two weeks old

    my current brooder box is almost exactly the size of the one you are thinking of

    they are getting crowded in there

    already, I put two 1 x 4's on top of that brooder box, at the ends, for perches, then another transparent plastic bin upside down on top as a "lid" so they cannot jump/flap completely out

    (I'm using an under-desk ceramic heater panel as the heat source --- it works GREAT --- house stays around 50-55 -- panel is 100* when you lay hand against it -- chicks sit against it for five minutes or so, then go wandering -- a Brinsea EcoGlow would work even better but I already had one of these ceramic panels for my basement office desk)

    they are flying from one "perch" to the other now, and are chest bumping and fanning wings at each other

    as soon as I get some help carting it upstairs, I will be putting them into an oval horse trough which is something like 4 feet by 2-1/2

    our last frost date isn't until May 1 --- by that time they can go outside to the coop I am in process of building
     
  9. ddmiddle7

    ddmiddle7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How long could I keep five chicks in the 45 gallon tub? I am looking for a brooder that I can build and keep them in until they are ready to go outside. I have limited funds that I want keep concentrated on the coop.
     
  10. ddmiddle7

    ddmiddle7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright so I took back the tote and got a new one this one is fifty gallons...it's huge. I hope out works cause I've already started making the brooder last night.
     

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