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Raising chicks is easier than you think and can be very rewarding. Besides being a fun family activity, your family will also benefit from healthier eggs than you will find at the grocery store.
I love chickens! I thought I would post how I make a brooder for my chicks:
I use a big tub, that is see through. I also use those grates, the plastic ones from the box fans that have broken in the past. I take the grates and attach them to the plastic storage tub's handles which has holes in them them under the snap on handle. I took off the snap on handle. Then I attached one side of the plastic grate and then the other grate I attached. They open in the middle.
I have it under a lamp, but our chicks were older and I didn't use a heat lamp but a regular lamp that was about the level it needed to be. It has worked out. I put a book on top of the grates to keep the cats out. Also to provide some shade. I have a heat lamp but I don't like it. We have raised lots of chicks with this set up.
Here is a pic or two. I normally use pine shavings, but since we only have two I have been using paper towels and changing them all the time. If I had the pine shavings I would use them but I don't like them really.
The box on top hides the glare when people are reading by the brooder.
We have a lot of fun with our chicks.