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What material should we use for the bottom of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by delsi64, May 17, 2009.

  1. delsi64

    delsi64 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    We are making a brooder. So what type of bottom should it have. Should it be a solid bottom or a wire one? I would think a wire one would be easier to clean but harder on the chicks. A solid one would be more comfortable but harder to keep clean. What do you use?
  2. kyliesmommax5

    kyliesmommax5 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Mine has a wooden bottom. Its not really that bad to clean. Just get one of those feed scoops from your feed store and it works perfect to scoop everything out. We use wood shavings for our bedding in it. Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    Miine has the wooden bottom with linolium tiles down for easier cleaning.
  4. BeautifulBlue

    BeautifulBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    In the UK, we tend not to use wire-bottoms as it causes bumble-foot
  5. eponagirl

    eponagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Quiet Corner, CT
    Solid bottom...use wood (pine) pellets for the bedding material...you won't have to clean it out as often...or at all. Just stir the bedding and add more pellets to "freshen" up the brooder. We also add Stall Dry occasionally.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009

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