Propane Brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by threesprings, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. threesprings

    threesprings Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know of a propane brooder suitable for 1-200 chicks? I have found one for 1000+ chicks but that seems overkill and wasteful for my situation. I live off grid and electricity is an issue with the electric brooders? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. alinchrist

    alinchrist New Egg

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    Lehman's has a kerosene one that handle up to 50 chick eggs.
     
  3. threesprings

    threesprings Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I'm looking for a brooder heater for chicks not eggs. C
     
  4. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you looked at the Brinsea Ecoglow brooders (they have a smaller one for 20 chicks and a larger one for 50 chicks)?

    The larger one uses only 18 watts - yes, we're also limiting our electricity use and monitor EVERYTHING! We replaced a computer for a laptop with a solar re-charger just to limit electricity (among a lot of other tricks, tactics and techniques)!

    I'm thinking the smaller Brinsea used 11 watts. Please check their website for more details - or search here for Ecoglow and you'll get a fair amount of posts.

    This is my first batch of chicks with the Brinsea - I've had NO pasty butt, nights are at freezing and chicks are doing GREAT! Today is a chilly 48, and while they're spending a fair amount of time under the heater, they are out and scampering around the brooder. Brooder is in an insulated, but unheated barn. The room they are in is about 10' square with a 9' ceiling - so it's not exactly small...but between the sunshine through the windows and the extra bodies (we have 26 Freedom Ranger chicks), the room is a toasty 60 degrees.

    I found ordering directly through www.Brinsea.com was the cheapest price - and wonderful delivery service. Warning though, they sent it signature required, so you'll either have to be home to sign for it or go to the nearest UPS depot to pick it up.

    Good luck!
     
  5. threesprings

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    I looked them up and they would probably work better than what I'm using now, however the larger one is advertised as using 60 watts. Not sure if that is 60 watts at 12 volts or 110. Thanks, for the link though, I should maybe take up the question with the manufacturer. I have seen mention of a propane brooder before for 150-200 chicks but cannot find any references.
     

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