Sanitizing my brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OurChickens0501, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. OurChickens0501

    OurChickens0501 New Egg

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    I am new to chickens my fiancé and I have just ordered some chicks from our local farmers union. I've taken a wire rabbit cage and card boarded the inside walls and put plywood down for the floor. I plan to cover the floor with wood shavings and hay but I was wondering if there is anything I need to do to sanitize the brooder before I put the chicks in there.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never sanitize the brooder I use. I just make sure they have clean shavings, clean water and fresh food. Congratulations on your new chicks! Can't wait to see pics!
     
  3. OurChickens0501

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    Thank you very much for the reply!
     
  4. clankeyes

    clankeyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going out an picking up supplies today :) Our babies come next month... I am using my dogs crate. its the wire kind . I am putting cardboard around the sides. maybe a box inside of it for the first few days. ... do they need a smaller space to start???? The dog crate is LG for a GoldenDoodle so a lot of room ... for awhile at least :)
     
  5. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you need a smaller space, just my opinion. Look at the huge brooder my hubby made for me. My chicks have been in it from day one and can run around the whole thing.

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  6. clankeyes

    clankeyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH MY GOSH !!! LOVE IT !!!!! Is that a red light ?
     
  7. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it is.
     
  8. clankeyes

    clankeyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to the feed store today. got my lamp and red light :) water container & feed container.. Next week feed then the next week babies ????? The feed store I am working with is calling friday to get a date for me. I am SOOOOO excited ! What do you find best to put on the bottom of of the box?
     
  9. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the flake, not fine shavings. I get them from TSC.
     
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