This is the brooder that we imported from Europe when the AUD was good value against the EU. We have since imported two more for friends.
This unit, like all of them, has good and bad points but we have been working with the manufacturer to improve some of the minor annoyances which is really great. Ours is the first one imported out of Europe.
They come unassembled like a Meccano set, in hundreds of pieces, so you have about 3 hours of assembly time, which is a bit of fun.
Being 5 tiers the space saving is amazing and it's very simple to maintain and clean.
It has heater unit running the full length of each tier with two globes each end. The globes are very low wattage and just to make the sight better. The heater unit has an adjustment dial and a separate switch for the lights.
These photos are for our 5 Tier unit, but you can get them in 2, 3 and 4 Tiers.
One of problems with the AUD high against the EU and the USD is that it is compulsory to pay Import Duty on items over AUD$1,000.00
A new unit like the one below, landed in Australia, will set you back around $1400.00, which has to be pre-paid.
This picture below was testing the lamps is just before we finally assembled it. That box on top of the unit is the container for the water which is gravity fed into each tier.
This is in our Incubator Room and shows the 5 Tier next to the Incubator and Hatcher. You can see the dials for the heater unit on the right of each tier. We have since added manual switches to each tier of the waterers so you can block off any tiers below. If you look very carefully you can see the chicks in the first three tiers.
Close up of one of the tiers where the first Australorp, Langshan and Campine chicks for the season pioneered the use of the brooder. That big wide bar across the back is the heater unit.
You can see it also has an automatic watering system, but the little waterer you see in the front is for our CRD mix for the chicks.