Tricky question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hypnofrogstevie, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I have a 55 gal tank that leaked and I sold everything in it. Now after I drain and dry it what would you say if I used it as a brooder for like a week or 2 till they outgrow it. Think its to small? its 36" long x 2 feet high x 12 inches wide. if that is way to small I will build my own cardboard box brooder again
  2. kizza07

    kizza07 In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2007
    Im not sure! Just want to wish you the best of luck with it!
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Thanks today is day 16 so monday my bator comes off the turner. I am so nervous. oops think i peed a little lol.

    I think I saw an egg vibrating a lil
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  4. d_rooster

    d_rooster Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    North Augusta, SC
    I think your aquarium could work, at least in the beginning for whatever hatches out of your 15 eggs in the incubator. If you use it, be sure to put the heat lamp where the chicks can go to another area if they get too warm. Also I would recommend that you use paper towels to line the bottom as they can be more easily changed in an aquarium than some sort of shavings or bedding material. Just keep the bottom clean regularly so droppings and scattered food don't build up.

    One more thing, you should make some sort of guards for the inside corners of the aquarium to keep the chicks from piling up in the corners. Chicks trapped by the others in the corner of a square shaped brooder container could get squished, suffocated, or chilled. Making modifications to round the inside corners will help to prevent the piling up of chicks in corners. Think about shaping the inside corners like a car racetrack with curves in the corner turns.
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Thanks rooster. I will build something with cardboard boxes to make guards. I always use paper towels to. till they get 5 weeks old. Then they go on shavings. They eat paper towels when they get older
  6. Renegade

    Renegade Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Griffin, GA
    I use an old aquarium all the time for my chicks.

  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Sounds good to me! My Polish chicks are in a bird cage that is 4 feet by 18 by 18 inches. They can see us watch tv from the guest room, and we can see the silly things they do. They don't walk, they run-jump, run-jump. They are so cute with those real tall crew cuts.
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Make sure to disinfect it thoroughly! [​IMG]
  9. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    And if using an aquarium, make sure to use some sort of wire cover for the top so the heat doesn't continue to build and get too hot in there.
  10. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Thanks peeps

    Banty: Its an open top tank. I had a Metal Halide tank light that I sold yesterday. It was to wide for the tank so I used to cups as support

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