Please help Brooder requirements for bantam chicks DIY if possible

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Clucky family, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Clucky family

    Clucky family Chirping

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    So I have 11 eggs still incubating and looking good when candled (well I think they do but I’m just a novice) I was wondering what I need and can make for the brooder any suggestions and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    I have ordered a Ecoglow heat mat it seems per the safest option with kids involved.
    I’m really after any advice I can get please and thank you
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Brooder can be made out of many materials. Wood, plastic totes, card board boxes. It all depends on what you want to use.
     
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  3. I’ve made mine out of very large rectangular cardboard boxes. When the chicks move to the coop, the brooder box goes in the compost pile.
     
  4. Clucky family

    Clucky family Chirping

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    I have an old indoor bunny cage thing which had a large plastic bottom and a cage part that goes on top but can be removed. Just thought the cage part would be good with the kids.
    I’ve seen ppl make their own feeders and waterers not really sure where to start.
    Mine are bantams so not sure even how big to make things.
     
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  5. SmallCityChicken

    SmallCityChicken Chirping

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    My brooder is the box our grill came in, its approximately 4.5ft long × 2ft wide × 3.5ft tall, it is made of heavy cardboard. The top is hardware cloth I cut & bent to form fit it.
    I use a heat cave as a warmer, they love it.
    I use a standard round feeder & waterer but if you are looking for alternatives I've seen people make feeders out of plastic egg carton bottoms :) I would also suggest a nipple waterer, I've heard good things about them.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    That would work for a week or two. Than you would need something big enough for them to run around more. Of course it depends on how many you end up with.

    Feeders and waterers are easy enough to buy.
     
  7. Compost King

    Compost King Free Ranging

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    is your brooder going to be inside or outside?
     
  8. Clucky family

    Clucky family Chirping

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    Mine will be inside Sydney weather is a bit unpredictable in spring hot one day cool the next so thought inside best plus was worried about predators (and I just want to see their cute little faces)
     
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  9. Clucky family

    Clucky family Chirping

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    I’ve seen a few notes about heat caves what are these they sound great.
     
  10. Clucky family

    Clucky family Chirping

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    I think the heavy duty box sounds great I can compost it afterwards
     

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