Rubber floor for brooder ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4stakes, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. 4stakes

    4stakes Songster

    Dec 14, 2012
    Baileyville, IL
    I am building a brooder and would like to know if I could use rubber for the floor? I have a sheet of rubber the thickness of an inner tube. What does everyone think?

    Thanks, Kevin
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    You can make practically anything work. It just depends on your management techniques.

    One thing pretty important in a brooder is to keep it dry. A wet brooder can cause diseases. That rubber will give them great footing but how do you plan on cleaning it? Their poop can build up and stay wet. They can spill water. I'm not sure how you plan to handle the moisture issue.

    That's the only issue I can think of. If you can come up with a way to handle that, you can make it work. Maybe regularly remove it and clean it and have a second one to go in while that one is drying? Maybe use wood shavings over it? Our limitations usually involve our imagination more than anything else.

    Good luck!

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