using a cardboard box as a brooder?

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

  1. ashylove

    ashylove In the Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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!

    Sonja
     

  5. wings

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