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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:56 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:41 pm 
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I finally assembled my 5 tier today, most impressed! Even though I had stopped incubating I started up again to try it out, how could I not! :laughing The instructions were clear enough for a not DIY minded person, like myself, to understand, a big thankyou to Ross and Wendy for all their help! :-D

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Ritavaleimbil wrote:
I finally assembled my 5 tier today, most impressed! Even though I had stopped incubating I started up again to try it out, how could I not! :-D
so Ritavaleimbel are you going to play the hatching game witme?
since you have brooder room & all.
it is incubating & hatching under HaPpY NeW YeAr chicks.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:28 pm 
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Has anyone been using these brooders and can give a report on them please?


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:48 pm 
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Ross Summerell wrote:
shaz68 wrote:
Wow, what a great setup!
So how many would you fit into each compartment, and at what age would they need to be moved out of here? Is that bar going right across the front for food? How easy is it to clean?

You can hypothetically fit 50 or 60 to each compartment, but we breed our fowls in much smaller weekly batches of anything from 10 to 25 because we can then stagger them to show.
We're not commercial breeders who sell an overabundance of chicks.

We move them out when they have good wing feathering, approximately four weeks, and they then transfer to a large pallet sized crate with a lamp for comfort.

The bar across the centre is for bulk feed as they get older. When they are up to five days old we feed them in very tiny little containers and for the first three days of life, plus we add a separate little waterer with their CRD/Vitamin mix.

Cleaning is simple. Inside are triple mats which filter the droppings to a tray below. The chicks can't get to the tray as it's under the floor of each tier. When the chicks are finished in the tier, we just remove the mats and the tray, clean the tier, the mats and the tray with a good disinfectant and start again.


So in a five tier one could you fit 200 chicks? and up to what age 4 weeks?

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
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I believe Ross mentioned 5 weeks? They would need to be up to 5 weeks here in the more antarctic regions of Australia. They would be packed tight by that time though, surely? I would do smaller groups personally.


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Yes that is what I am trying to work out, how many chicks will fit in the largest one (5 tier) without being too crowded by the time they no longer need that much heat? (say five weeks) So if we are pulling them out at five weeks it would be at maximum capacity then.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
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I have moved mine at 4 weeks, to bigger cages, with a flat bed "mother hen" style brooder to snuggle under. They soon start sleeping ontop of it, and that tells me they don't need it any more.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:44 pm 
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Ross, are you still importing these? Can I please have the dimensions of an individual unit? (I'd be looking at getting a 5 tiered one) - just want to compare the size to my current metal brooders.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Tier Brooder
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:55 pm 
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Ross, I am interested in purchasing a 5 tier brooder as well. Can you please advise if you are still importing?

Many thanks,

Sharon


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