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Raising Gamebirds => Build It Yourself => Topic started by: JohnInDixon on June 07, 2006, 02:13:25 PM

Title: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on June 07, 2006, 02:13:25 PM
At my home, I have 11.5 acres but I have no barn or other out buildings (yet - Father's day is coming!) but I do have a basement where I have started my quail adventure.  SO my lovely bride of 29.5 years and I built a brooder to replace the swimming pool concept I shared earlier. I have quite a few pictures and placed them on a webpage to be viewed instead of filling up this server. The page is not completed, but I'm eager to share...  check back a few times as I complete it.

Here's a link:  http://victoryhillbc.com/brooder.htm

John
When the world pushes you to your knees......you're in the perfect position to pray.
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: sp2207 on June 07, 2006, 06:59:21 PM
it looks good john  I love seeing photos of how people have things.
keep up the good work
Scot
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: ncffp163 on June 07, 2006, 11:12:37 PM
Taking notes here....eagerly waiting more. Thanks John

Eric
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: woodenegg on June 08, 2006, 01:30:00 AM
Looks good John
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: CalebK273 on June 10, 2006, 04:16:55 PM
Thats a great looking brooder John....I can't wait to see the finished brooder.

CalebK
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: cjstuchlik on June 10, 2006, 06:27:41 PM
John,
Are those button quail in the background?
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: pamike on June 10, 2006, 08:28:05 PM
"Got to love a woman that can handle a tool!"

I thought you said safety first? In my house a woman with a tool and saftey are never mentioned together. In fact it is usuallt quite the oposite.

mike
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on June 10, 2006, 09:44:02 PM
Those are Coturnix in the background..
http://victoryhillbc.com/quail.htm

The greatest thing about our quail adventure is that she (my wife Kathy) is doing it with me.  Everything...  Picking out our first eggs, going with me to buy the incubator, building the pens (pics of those soon!) and then building this brooder.

BTW I have the rest of the pictures of the brooder and should have them online Monday while I'm at work.  I'm a government worker and I have time there to do it! ;-)

Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: CharlieHorse on June 10, 2006, 10:08:50 PM
John,

 I don't think that it will work.  I suggest that you scrap the whole thing and start over with a different plan.....you used the wrong kind of wood.
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: pamike on June 10, 2006, 11:39:21 PM
What would you suggest he use? Curly maple? I think pine would be just fine. as long as you are NOT using cedar since it is toxic to birds.

mike
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: Reeves on June 11, 2006, 07:52:58 AM
On the side, below the tin (?) roof, it looks like there is no wood between the up-rights ? Is the wire attached to something between these up-rights ?
If not a predator may be able to push through ?
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: pamike on June 11, 2006, 08:37:09 AM
I am guessing that since this is a brooder he plans on using it indoors.

mike
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on June 11, 2006, 09:54:33 AM
On the side, below the tin (?) roof, it looks like there is no wood between the up-rights ? Is the wire attached to something between these up-rights ?
If not a predator may be able to push through ?
Which picture are you talking about?  I'll be using the brooder in my basement.
If your talking about one of my pen pictures, what you don't see on any of those is the electric fence wire that got installed right before it went outside. 
You think something could get thru there?
Thats white plastic/vinyl roofing, I could drill a couple of holes and wire the chcken wire to the top.  How about that?

John
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: CharlieHorse on June 11, 2006, 10:07:01 AM
What would you suggest he use? Curly maple? I think pine would be just fine. as long as you are NOT using cedar since it is toxic to birds.

mike


LOL!  I was just pulling his leg.  Looks like a fine job.  Birds don't care what it looks like anyway.

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on June 15, 2006, 10:34:22 AM
The Brooder is finished and so is the web page.  I have a lot of pictures up there to help someone get some ideas.

http://victoryhillbc.com/brooder.htm

BTW... I'm working on another webpage for the pen I'm building.
http://victoryhillbc.com/pen.htm

And I have some MPG files of my first batch.  LARGE files, but you can hear them crow a few times.
You can see all the pages from the bottom of http://victoryhillbc.com/quail.htm

Enjoy!
John
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: MAX on July 03, 2006, 11:17:43 AM
 I just got done looking at your webpage John and must say great job... And thanks for the idea about the dimmer switch on the brooder  ill have one on mine before the end of the day...Just one question ?  i watched your videos and seen you have all your birds mixed together   A/M  Fawns and Browns how do you keep from  cross breeding and getting mixed chicks  or was that pen all males? Anyway i really enjoyed it and very nice work........Max
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on July 03, 2006, 01:07:17 PM
Thanks MAX,
Those are a mixed up lot.  I have chicks from those (a little more than a week old) and I'll let you know if I have A&M Tibetans or Brown Italians.  Folks on this site said that they will cross, so I'll just have some mixed up quail for the Arctic training camp.

BTW, you'll have to  play with adjusting by dimmer because it's not linear.  A 1/4 turn one time might be 1/8 next time.

I think I'll finish that pen today and get those pictures up online.

John
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: CharlieHorse on August 22, 2006, 11:57:56 PM
Hey John,

  Never did hear from you as to how the brooder worked out after you got it finished?  Did you have to do any modifications?
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on August 23, 2006, 08:38:26 AM
Hey John,

  Never did hear from you as to how the brooder worked out after you got it finished?  Did you have to do any modifications?
Howdy!
It's working great! The only modification I needed was to add handles to the 4 corners so it can be picked up easily. And I found out that 52 Jumbo chix can poop faster than it can fall through that 1/4" wire! Started building up so I moved them to the middle school pens early.

I built a couple of rollout pens like GSC showed and learned a few tricks. I also promised peak2095 that I would get those up here.

John
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: peak2095 on August 23, 2006, 11:08:01 AM


I built a couple of rollout pens like GSC showed and learned a few tricks. I also promised peak2095 that I would get those up here.

John
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and im still waiting for them. lol
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: starbuc on September 10, 2006, 07:22:55 PM
Woluld like to see how the roll out pens turned out.
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: JohnInDixon on September 11, 2006, 11:52:52 AM
Take a look...  they're there.

http://www.victoryhillbc.com/GSCRollout.htm
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: peak2095 on September 12, 2006, 10:35:30 AM
I have been reading the posts on this site for awhile now and with all the knowledge that I have gained I made a rollout pen using the ideas that I got from different places. I think that it came out pretty good if I should say so myself. Here is a link to some pics. Thanks to everyone for the help when I needed it.

        Shannon
 

    http://www.geocities.com/peak2095/quail_pictures.html
Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: Bird Brained on September 12, 2006, 02:05:33 PM
I cannot access your web site...Below is the error...

Title: Re: Homemade Brooder
Post by: peak2095 on September 12, 2006, 02:10:53 PM
Its probably because I just made it today. So maybe check back at a later time and it should be better.

Shannon