Using a stock tank for brooder - sterilize?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GiddyMoon, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better half got a large stock tank for free..it will work for the first couple of weeks..what do I need to do to this thing to get it prepared?
     
  2. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aren't those what they use at tsc? [​IMG]
     
  3. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The big metal tub thing? Probably LOL

    I just don't know how I should clean it.
     
  4. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as long as it's not crusted in crap, i wouldn't worry about cleaning it.

    we used those for years and never cleaned them, other than flipping them over and rinsing them out when done for the year
     
  5. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on what was in it before...ours wasn't used for livestock so DH just power washed it out with water. It worked great for our 25 chicks for about 3-4 weeks.
     
  6. KYChixMama

    KYChixMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I use as a brooder for chicks and housing for broody mamas (works GREAT, by the way). Between tenants I just spray mine out with a hose and then spritz it with some bleach water. A little time in the sun to dry and it's good to go.
     
  7. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys. He got it at a garage sale so I have no idea what it was used for. It looks stained..I will power hose, light bleach and sun it. [​IMG]
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Put a couple gallons of water in it and add a cup of bleach. Take a clean mop and dip it in the water and swab all around inside. I'd run the mop with bleach water over the outside, too.
     
  9. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

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    Quote:I would too. Don't want to invite some creepy crawler to dinner on your chicks. They will produce their own bacteria. I bleach out my brooders after every use and I know what was in them. I hose out the bigger stuff them spray them down with bleach let it set a few minutes them hose it out again. I wash out what sticks. NIce and clean for the next brood to mess up.
     
  10. KYChixMama

    KYChixMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is what I'd do too. Sorry I was kind of vague, my routine is more maintenance than initial set-up.
     

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