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#31 2015-02-17 01:50:53

bcboy
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

:goodpost:

Thank for posting links and pictures.
So how difficult was it to wire up the digital thermostat? Thanks
Looks like you drilled holes into the pipe, great idea!!!
:D

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#32 2015-02-17 03:50:59

ramzez1974
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

shaneb99 wrote:

Ramzez - how do you fill yours?

Fill what? The brooder?
It's something I got from Dollarama called "Corn Cob Pellets"
But even at $1.50 the kg it seems to me too expensive.
I am going to use straw once I use up what I bought.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-yH1xG2Yl4m8/VNKHc84gkgI/AAAAAAAAUvc/yLMFlR3CZgI/w651-h868-no/IMG_5071.JPG


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http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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#33 2015-02-17 05:13:57

shaneb99
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

No - the feed tube, sorry.  It doesn't appear to have an opening except the feeding holes.


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#34 2015-02-17 05:22:41

shaneb99
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

Wiring the micro processor temperature controller is simple.  There is a wiring diagram on the unit but basically you wire in a 110v lead and then an outlet plug with one side broken by the controller much like a regular thermostat.  It's slightly more complex because you have to also power the unit but you'll have no trouble.


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#35 2015-02-17 12:59:54

ramzez1974
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

shaneb99 wrote:

No - the feed tube, sorry.  It doesn't appear to have an opening except the feeding holes.

I will fill via the hole.
I will obviously use some kind of funnel to do that.
Since the right cap is not glued yet maybe I will do it from there and use the side where the cap is glued for water.

The PVC is recycled not new.


Lunatic farmer inspired by Joel Salatin
http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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#36 2015-02-19 00:33:52

ramzez1974
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-XBTpE-SyVsg/VOQJkkAq5yI/AAAAAAAAVik/YZHRU2Spldg/w1157-h868-no/IMG_7049.JPG

See what I raised in my cat brooder?


Lunatic farmer inspired by Joel Salatin
http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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#37 2015-02-19 00:36:34

ramzez1974
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

I got my first 20 duckies
I am guessing they are similar to chickens on this point...
How do you get them to eat out of the traugh?
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vQUmoBP92gi5Ar6iD4tqT0vbuG8Riu8GSqUEiFPJHfB1=w1157-h868-no


Lunatic farmer inspired by Joel Salatin
http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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#38 2015-02-19 01:53:35

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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

One thing on the water.  Your going to find they splash that water out all over pretty quick.  What I have for ducks is a tray covered by hardware cloth that I set the water  on.  They splash it out during the day and I have to dump the tray every day and refill the water but it keeps the litter dry.


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#39 2015-02-19 02:03:36

shaneb99
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

bcboy
Here are pictures of the digital temperature controller.  I took the pics before I wrapped the wires in tape so it was easier to see.

The black wire on the right is from the plug.  If you look at the screws on the back of the controller screws 1 and 2 are power to the unit.  The next 2 go to the sensor.  Then 4 and 5 are breaking the hot wire to the outlet.  The white wire and the green ground go to the outlet.
http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah231/Shaneb99/IMG_2840_zps09659b38.jpg

This is just a test light wired in to see if it works.
http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah231/Shaneb99/IMG_2838_zps244db31e.jpg

This the units set up and working.  You can see its cold in my shop.  The bottom one is humidity.  The same type of controller.
http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah231/Shaneb99/IMG_2842_zps11b89fba.jpg

Hope this helps,


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#40 2015-03-08 03:04:49

ramzez1974
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

I have not posted here in a while as I have been improving my design.

Here are the results.

Here is my shelf system which the brooder sits in.
I can fit 4 x 22" high brooders (2' deep by 5' wide). Each brooder consists of two 11" boxes sitting one on top of each other. The light box can be removed separately from the litter box below.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2WJmWLbr5D8/VPucwfAWQiI/AAAAAAAAWio/uzMpZxwm-5o/w488-h868-no/IMG_8222.JPG

Very much inspired by bcboy's external feeder system, here is what I came up with... with improvements I think....

I cut holes in the PVC for less spillage of water and food onto the floor as compared to a half pipe cut.
I also added a little shelf below to catch food and water spillage.
However this is still not perfect.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LfWbr0B1Fak/VPucwYvPNNI/AAAAAAAAWio/VyhixnsY9uo/w651-h868-no/IMG_8155.JPG

On the outside
I added a little lip to hold the food that spilled. The water (not seen on this image far left out of frame) barely has any spillage as long as I keep the water level close to the halfway mark.
The fence is to keep them from falling out and keeping the cats from bothering the ducklings.
When I top up the food I sweep out the food that has fallen in the tray and put it back in the feeder.
Even with the tray a lot of food fell on the floor.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-jC0NCKbHccM/VPucwVzqOoI/AAAAAAAAWio/wTJ0Wt7v5dk/w651-h868-no/IMG_8158.JPG

So I added this plastic used for kitchen drawers to make sure all food falls in the tray and not on the floor.
This works perfectly even when feeder is completely full.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x8M53-5ifn0/VPucwQuBtmI/AAAAAAAAWio/TLN6xi76ciY/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8180.JPG

On the water side I added a plastic (same plastic used on the food side) to the peephole wall.
The water was making the wood wet and overtime I can see it rotting the wood.
Inside the hole I used glue gun to spread the glue to cover the inside of the hole like a sealant.
I put the plastic after the holes were made (not ideal). Next time I will glue the plastic with contact cement before the holes are made and seal the inside after with the glue gun.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b4oC9wnHi3c/VPucwT0Hw8I/AAAAAAAAWio/Ua10qb1ljTw/w1302-h868-no/IMG_8147.JPG

Now on the inside.

This is what it looked like before I protected it.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-a7GsMfq3qE0/VPucweeL5bI/AAAAAAAAWio/_sfSlnDR4XI/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8151.JPG

First I made a sleeve to fit inside the brooder. Made out of corrugated plastic (I got used mufflershop sign) and glued together with my glue gun.
I line the bottom of the sleeve with newspaper to make changing the litter more easy (less scrubbing poo off the bottom of the sleeve).
BTW The only proper use for this piece of SH** newspaper.
Then I top it off with straw.
Also I added a piece of wood below the peephole to prevent food and water from falling in between the brooder wall and the sleeve.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RpUjUiPBwpY/VPucwVsDZuI/AAAAAAAAWio/95L34b7TV0k/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8193.JPG

On the water side.
I glued the plastic letting it fall over the piece of wood extending to the bottom of the litter sleeve.
This image was taken before I cut the hole with an exacto knife.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VlriAymaTV0/VPucwVUtg5I/AAAAAAAAWio/xLep2ekLLrM/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8154.JPG

I also added the plastic to the sides of the litter sleeve and the front. These little guys poo everywhere.
With the plastic protecting the wood it is easier to clean and the brooder will last longer.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YUB_1gP1Ur4/VPucwXOTeNI/AAAAAAAAWio/oGeTz5kkeW4/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8344.JPG

The true bosses of the house came for an inspection and seems to approve of my improvements.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2JwRVqMCkdU/VPucwQEA3iI/AAAAAAAAWio/Fq2usTvti6Y/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8290.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-lNdNR-UXeIM/VPucwbPmVOI/AAAAAAAAWio/RGILiTU7p1U/w651-h868-no/IMG_8188.JPG

Last edited by ramzez1974 (2015-03-08 03:10:56)


Lunatic farmer inspired by Joel Salatin
http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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#41 2015-03-08 05:19:42

Funky Acres
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

Ramzez it does look like your pictures came up.
Or is it just me?
I see the code. But it wont link or show the pictures.


Me Hubby, daughter 2 1/2, son 14 days, 2 Tahltan Bear dogs, 2cats? Rode Island Red, Lohman, Astralorp and Americana cross chickens. Muscovy ducks, Touluse and Emdem geese.   5 horses, all of which hubby is training to drive. And one Tamworth/Large Black sow, assorted pigs of various ages. Two jersey cows.

Can't wait to get into rare and heritage breed livestock to go with our draft horses.

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#42 2015-03-08 05:21:29

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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

Never mind.  It was just me.

what are you using for heaf?


Me Hubby, daughter 2 1/2, son 14 days, 2 Tahltan Bear dogs, 2cats? Rode Island Red, Lohman, Astralorp and Americana cross chickens. Muscovy ducks, Touluse and Emdem geese.   5 horses, all of which hubby is training to drive. And one Tamworth/Large Black sow, assorted pigs of various ages. Two jersey cows.

Can't wait to get into rare and heritage breed livestock to go with our draft horses.

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#43 2015-03-08 11:54:33

ramzez1974
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From: Maricourt, Quebec
Registered: 2015-02-15
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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

what are you using for heaf?

First you have to tell me what heaf is.


Lunatic farmer inspired by Joel Salatin
http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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#44 2015-03-08 11:58:07

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Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

Am sure it's a typo and heaf = heat


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#45 2015-03-08 12:14:59

ramzez1974
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From: Maricourt, Quebec
Registered: 2015-02-15
Posts: 44

Re: Home Made Battery Style Brooder. Picture Heavy.

I was using 2 halogen 50w light bulbs.
I noticed that the ducklings were staying away from underneath the light itself.
So I turned one off. They now had option to go onto the shaded side or bake under the light.
Then I eventually replaced the 50w with a 35w halogen light.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-noXIYEgX-N4/VPucwZOYIhI/AAAAAAAAWio/kI9nELqFeYI/w1157-h868-no/IMG_8078.JPG


Lunatic farmer inspired by Joel Salatin
http://bit.ly/salaltinvideos (collection of lectures, TV shows and vids I found)
Ramzez Imaginative, Imagine Peace and Love
I have: 9 egg laying hens, 1 rooster, 20 Muscovy ducklings (hatched Feb 17th), Interested in Muscovy ducks for meat, Khaki Campbell for eggs, Mute Swans for beauty, wild boar, bison

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