Walk in shower as brooder??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DaggerD, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. DaggerD

    DaggerD Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2009
    Just curious what everyone thought of this idea. I am mostly wondering about ventilation.

    It is a larger 2 person walk in shower. There is a little changing area right outside of the shower. I want to hang a sheet to enclose the walk in area so that dust doesn't get into the rest of that area (our closet/bathroom).
    The fan is in that changing area and I plan on keeping it on. But I also planned on closing the shower curtain to that area (leaving about a 1 1/2 ft opening on either top or bottom), so that it would really be hard for dust to get out both the sheet and the shower curtain.

    I've even thought about putting a hose or something from outside the area into the back corner. That way there would be airflow from there to the fan.

    I should have 31 chicks in this area.

    Oh, and we are not even using this part of our house at the moment if that makes any difference.
  2. bid

    bid Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2009
    Well I have 5 in a walk in shower but they are in a brooder also. I haven't had any problems as far as ventilation.

    It kind of sounds as though you are wanting to use the shower enclosure itself as a brooder? It would probably work for a little while but then you might have chicks everywhere in that area fairly soon. Does it have a door?
  3. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    Here is what[​IMG] I use, bought from Walley world. I use red bulbs when chicks are there.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009
  4. jkg

    jkg Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2009
    Ours is a walk-in shower with sliding doors and it worked perfectly. I didn't measure it, but I would guess the shower is about 2 1/2 ft wide and 8 ft long? I use masking tape to cover the drain to keep wood shavings from going down the drain. Dust does escape the shower into the rest of the bathroom, but that will be the case in any enclosure kept inside the house. It works well for us because it is easily cleaned when we are done. Obviously it needs to be an extra shower since you'll likely have 6-8 weeks where you can't use it.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I wouldnt do it without a seperate container, unless you just REALLY enjoy unclogging your plumbing

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