Rabbit Cage as brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by S.glenn, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. S.glenn

    S.glenn New Egg

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    I will be getting chickens in the spring. I recently purchased a wire rabbit cage from a garage sale. Can I use it as a brooder or will the metal get too hot and burn the chicks? I'm a "newbie" so please be patient with me!
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I used a rabbit cage that we built, for my brooder this spring.

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    I covered the floor with styrofoam sheeting, then covered that with plastic. I made sure the plastic came up the sides about 6 inches. This helped keep the pine shavings in the brooder...until they figured out dust bathing! [​IMG]

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  3. SarahF

    SarahF Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also used a rabbit cage and than a heating lamp...they were just fine. The bottom was just plastic and was about 4 inches high, and than a wire top, about 5-6 inches high...depends on how many chicks you are going to have, i had 5, and that was plenty of room for them. Good Luck [​IMG]
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, the important part is to cover the sides to avoid drafts.. then regulate the heat by lifting or lowering the light so it's just right.

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  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    You can also cut pieces of cardboard for the sides, to block drafts.
     
  6. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a rabbit hutch that we converted to a brooder that sits within the main chicken coop now. We just laid down wood over the wire for the floor. It has worked out perfect.

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  7. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    I have mine set up just like Dawn's!
     

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