using the tub for a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crystal94040, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    We have 2 bathrooms in my house and I was just planning on using my big roman tub for the 6 chicks due to arrive next week. Do you think this will work well?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    For a couple weeks at least - once they start hopping and testing their wings, you may need to make a wire cover, or move them elsewhere or you'll have them all over the place!
  3. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    I have an old play pen I was also thinking about using....hmmmm.
    Maybe if I line the playpen with a shower curtian?
  4. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Old play pens are very popular to use as brooders. I use vinyl tablecloths that have the felt lining. That way it stays put and I can just toss the whole thing in the washer when I'm done with it.

    If you use the tub get some of those rubber bath mats to put down to give the peeps good traction.

    The biggest challenge is providing enough warmth, once you've got that resolved either one should work really well.
  5. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    When one of our females is having puppies we put her and her puppies in an old playpen with the bottow lined with cut open trash bags and towels on top. I am sure you could do the same with the chicks just use shavings instead of towels.
  6. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    make sure the bottom of the tub is not slick it can cause problems with thier legs
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  7. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    They might get stinky after a couple of days. [​IMG]
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It should work. I'd go with the play pen though. It would suck to get junk stuck down the tub drain... like shavings or what ever you use for bedding in there.
  9. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:I agree, I wouldn't keep them in the house. I keep them in the garage in cooler weather and in a screened porch on the back of the house during warmer weather. Unless you are constantly cleaning up after them you'll start to notice the smell.
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    I start lots of chicks on my garden jacuzzi tub and it works well and allows for easy cleanup. After placing the plug in the drain, add about 3-4 inches of shavings and a heat lamp hanging from the ceiling. Works like a charm for about 2 wks until they start flying out. Please keep in mind that they do produce a LOT of dust in 2 wks, so be prepared for a heavy duty cleaning and keep the door shut to hold the fluff in the bathroom. Here is a pic of some notorious bathtub babies.




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