Tobacco baler into baby chick brooder UPDATE pics added

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Eggseronious, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For those of you that live in the old tobacco growing areas especially burley these old balers are just about everywhere and most people will give them to you. Most are made of plywood and carriage bolts, no nails. Last week I took one of our balers unbolted the top header and the front door took them off and lay it flat down put 1x1 weilded wire on top where the door was and put a door where the header press was, very simple and makes a 12"X36"X36" brooder that will withstand alot of abuse. Just thought I would pass this along. Here is the baler/brooder standing up just as you would bale tobacco with the header and door removed. I added 2-2" cross members, covered with 1x1'' wire and made a door the full width. These balers are all bolted together. The 2x2 were part of the header, so all I had to do is cut them the right length.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Pictures man, pictures!
     
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:I second that motion! [​IMG]


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  4. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most farms had 3 of these for the 3 grades of tobacco. Here is the tobacco baler/brooder laying like it will be used as a brooder. NOTE: I added the locks after these pics were taken.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  5. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok you wanted pics here they are above. [​IMG]
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Great idea! I love recycled items for use with our flocks.
     
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Those are fantastic! [​IMG]

    Can't wait to break the news to Skip..."Um honey, we need to find a couple backer balers, for chicks..." [​IMG]

    Thanks for posting the pix!


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  8. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im almost sure I could find a truck load in my area, because at one time almost every farm grew tobacco. Just ask around you surely will find them. [​IMG]
     
  9. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, do you have a wildlife probelm in your area????? I noticed a tiger in your yard, seems to be scoping out your brooder! Be careful!
     
  10. peruvian_princess

    peruvian_princess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody in northern or middle georgia have one of these for me? [​IMG]
     

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