what's the best setup for a chick brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cluckcluck1215, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Overrun With Chickens

    hey.i need help on finding the best setup for a brooder.last year i used a cardbored box.but got very wet.so i need help on finding the best brooder setup.
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    First Question...... How many chicks are you planning to raise???
    The cardboard box idea is not a bad one. You can use a plastic tote tub as well. The key to keeping things dry is pine shavings on bottom. You do need to replace when soiled and/or wet of course. Use waterers that will not tip over easily. Place pebbles into them so baby chicks do not drown in...... Marbles work also.
    Have container large enough so there is now crowding, and also provide heat at one end of the brooder. Reason.... So there is enough room for chicks to find a comfort zone... Not too hot/ not too cool..
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    There's no law that requires you to brood in a box. You may choose to brood out in your coop or run in a safe pen instead. The advantages are numerous. You might also consider using the heating pad system instead of a dangerous heat lamp, further increasing the advantages.

    I finished an article on this subject just in time for chick season, and I go over all the reasons why brooding outdoors is superior to doing it indoors in your house.

    Click on the link below under "Articles by azygous" on tossing out your indoor brooder.
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I chose to make a brooder/tractor for my first brood of chicks. It's 3 x 6, with a door that opens in the top of each end. I later installed a door on one end. This makes a great brooder, as well as a broody day time play pen, and a nice little tractor to keep chicks safe from hawk predation. IMO, multi purpose is the way to go. That little tractor has paid for it'self a dozen times over. I later made a larger one, 6 x 8 that can be used for a rooster grow out pen, to handle a larger # of chicks, and can be used for a winter cold frame.
  5. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Overrun With Chickens

    last year I raised 6 and this year 12.i have herd to put pebbles in the water but I do not do it. I will post a pic soon of my waterer.its a small one and thay will not drown.and the tote tub is a good idea to. I'll try it this year. and some people I saw to used a old kiddie pool.im not going to use that cause I think thay will soon find how to jump out.thaks for the advice.hope to see some more cool ideas so maybe I will use some thing diferint
  6. kgb6days

    kgb6days Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2016
    I used a large dog crate that we had - took the top off. When they got larger, i turned the top over and placed them end to end to double the space they had. It's worked very well

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