Customer Reviews (H:15" Models)
My only complaint is that I have a few chickens who rough house the doors open but other than that it’s wonderful easy to keep clean and it’s awesome
Hatching time really does make some amazing products. Gave this brooder a try and within 3 weeks I ordered a second one. Now I have purchased even more products as these brooders and grow out pens keep the water clean, food dry & poo free and they are super easy to clean after each round of chicks. Just spray with water and some cleaner let soak for 15 min and lightly scrub with a brush where needed then spray down with hose again and they are ready for new chicks again. So light weight I can roll them to the porch and easily lift them down one step to the ground and clean them. I was a little concerned with the design prior to getting it completely build as I thought it would be flimsy. It really isnt once its together and fortunately its light weight so I dont need to ask for help to be able to clean this.
Thank you for the review, Erin. We're proud to bring you the most technologically advanced poultry farming equipment on the market - The Hatching Time Team
I've been using this brooder for about 5 months now for Silkies. It has been a mostly positive experience. There have been a few occasions that a chick has stood on the waterer and drained all of the water out. It is frustrating to clean up but luckily, I have a shop vac in my garage where my brooder is. The waterer height can be adjusted, but if I move it up for small chicks then they can't reach. The feed trough is useless for Silkies until they get around 4 weeks old because Silkies are smaller and not as smart as other breeds. The little feeders it comes with are pretty useless and I prefer to use different ones that hold more feed than those tiny ones do. The heaters have all worked fine for me so far and seem to have accurate temperature thermometers. I like to use puppy pads in the manure trays for easier cleanup. I don't use the rubber mats that are supposed to be for the chicks to stand on for the first week because they are non-absorbent and it is easier to use paper towels. I wish I would have gone with the shorter 9.5" for my Silkies because the way the feed trough is designed on the shorter brooder, it looks like they would be able to use it when they are way younger. I went with the bigger size because sometimes I hatch Standard size chickens and Turkey eggs. I'll most likely look into getting a couple of addon levels of the 9.5" brooders if they come back in stock.
Thank you for the review, Joanie. We expect to have the brooder layer additions back in stock by the end of next week - The Hatching Time Team