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Storage bin or metal pen for brooder/pros and cons

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SuseyQ, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd like to know what the pros and cons are for using a storage bin or something similar to this when brooding quail as compared to the pros and cons of using some type of a metal pen (could use other material such as wood) for the brooder.

    Thank You,
    SuseyQ
     
  2. Bailey1204

    Bailey1204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know any specifics on quail but here are the general ups and downs
    Metal-
    Pros
    -reflects heat to keep warm
    -metal can't catch on fire
    -is easy to clean and water repellent
    Cons-
    -metal can overheat
    -can be slippery
    Plastic-
    Pros-
    -easy to clean
    -light weight
    Cons-
    Plastic has been known to melt
    -can cause fumes
    -is slippery

    I have never used either as I used a wooden box, it worked quite well. I have heard good and bad things about both. Ultimately it's up to you and what you think is right.
     
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  3. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bailey1204,
    That gives one a lot to think about. I suspect metal is only considered slippery if it is solid or can they slip on hardware cloth type material.

    Thank you for you analysis,
    SuseyQ
     
  4. Bailey1204

    Bailey1204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah if you put hardware cloth or something on metal will be fine for slipperinees.
     
  5. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I don't want to have any splayed legs because of slipperiness. I thought the hardware cloth would prevent this. Too bad they don't have neat excrement like rabbits. :) That would be nice.
     
  6. Bailey1204

    Bailey1204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I said that wrong! LOL! What I meant was this. Metal alone is too slippery, but if you put hardware cloth or cheesecloth or something on top it will be fine.
     
  7. Bailey1204

    Bailey1204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Basically, if you put hardware cloth on metal you can use metal.
     
  8. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Size is a consideration. If you can get a bigger brooder use it. You don't want to crowd your chicks as this can cause aggression and picking so more space is always better. You can always start with a smaller brooder and move them to bigger as they grow. I have plastic totes and a metal horse trough that I use, they all work and are easy to clean. Just hose them out. I've never used wood, not sure how you would clean it.
     
  9. SuseyQ

    SuseyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sill,
    Good to know that breed size can and should change with growth patterns. I didn't know that even the chicks would get aggressive. I suspect metal would be the option other than a tote.

    Thank You,
    SuseyQ
     
  10. Tabasco Jack

    Tabasco Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a large plastic tote for the first few days while the new ones are in the laundry room. I line it with newspaper and then paper towels and some rubber shelf liner over that. Have to change it daily as it gets wet and messy.
    The outside brooder is a 2' x 4' wood box that is about 2 feet tall. It has an attached 1/2" hardware cloth bottom over a dropping pan. I made an insert of 1/4" hardware cloth that goes over the attached cloth for two weeks until they get big enough to walk on the 1/2" wire.

    Yeah, the wood gets messy. Between broods, I hose it and scrub it real good.

    On another note, did you see the post in Show me your Quail Pens from Gardenisto?
    Here's a link to his website with photos of his quail pen. http://www.gardenisto.com/projects/quail-coop-revisions/
    He's in Wyoming so y'all have similar weather issues. Might be some ideas for you.
     

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