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Do it yourself table top brood coop

 home made do it yourself table top brood coop

We decided to make the new home made brood coop big enough to handle the little styrofoam incubator for future chick operations.

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The trick will be to monitor the temperature over the weekend to see if any adjustments need to be made.

I used a few scrap pieces of 2x4 to secure up each corner, which worked nicely as a support for both Avian Aqua Misers.

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Hi Mark and Anna. I was looking at your brooder and saw something that might be an issue later. My last batch of chicks were in brooder of similar design and the chicks loaded up in a corner when it got too warm. Several were suffocated or trampled to death. There was plenty of room in the brooder for the number of chicks but they all went to the same place to seek a comfortable temperature. We have rounded the corners with cardboard or plastic pieces since that time hoping that we won't have a repeat.


Comment by Dennis Thu Mar 4 17:29:55 2010
I read about that, but for some reason dismissed it as one of those things that doesn't really happen. Thanks for taking the time to let us know that it does. Rounded corners coming right up.
Comment by anna Thu Mar 4 18:48:05 2010
We've raised many batches of birds and only had it happen once. That was enough to get us to change the design. I had read about the potential but got lucky until our last batch.
Comment by Dennis Thu Mar 4 22:00:55 2010

Hi folks! Found you while surfing...

On the subject of rounded corners, we use an old galvanized washtub for brooding. You can still buy them, but ours is an oldie. Works well to brood at least 12 to 14 chicks, and cleans up easy after they move on. Overall a very serviceable setup.

It's also pretty easy to do a makeshift tight wire mesh cover that will protect your birds, if need be.

Happy brooding!

Comment by Jerry Wed Apr 11 13:28:12 2012
Jerry --- Good idea! Galvanized washtubs are so useful, I don't know why I only have one of them actually. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Apr 11 15:59:34 2012

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