using a cardboard box as a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ashylove, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. ashylove

    ashylove In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2009
    gboro nc
    so i obviously have some time, i wont be getting my eggs until may [​IMG] but can i use a cardboard box as a brooder??? after our last move we still havent gotten rid of all the empties... i have seen some set up with boxes, but how do you do it if the box can get wet?

  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I'm no expert but I have used a box before and it worked fine but you have to keep it clean. I lined mine with newspaper so I could just pull out the old dirty paper and I clipped a light on the top. I also put a piece of wire on the top so no one could fly out . [​IMG]
  3. I use a large cardboard box as a brooder for the first couple weeks. I replace the shavings weekly. When they get larger, then I move them into a larger wire brooder.
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    My babies are in a cardboard box as we speak. For last years chicks I took out one of the bog wardrobe boxes we had saved from moving. It worked awesome!


  5. wings

    wings Songster

    Jan 11, 2009

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