Customer Reviews (H:9.5" Models)
These brooders are well laid out. Heaters function well. The mats are interchangeable (so I pull out one a week when it comes time to wean birds off heat). I find that you need to wait till at least day 5 to move baby quail into these brooders. Otherwise the chicks get stuck in the feeder tray and get too cold (and die) - they are not too smart. After day 5 or so, they are big enough to figure it out! These brooders save me a lot of time cleaning, because all you have to do is pull out black mats, spray them off, and put back in. No more messy pine shavings!
Thank you for the review, Jennifer - The white trough covers can be flipped over to close off the trough opening - The Hatching Time Team
We added more brooders to the farm this week. These are so simple to maintain. We used to have heat lamps which were a pain and a fire hazard. Now we don’t have to worry.
These have been the best cages for us hands down. I am super impressed with the system as a whole. So any criticism I have is minor. Assembly was a breeze. We bought three systems: brooder, grow out and breeding. Each system was a three stack. We found assemble a whole unit in just under two hours. The assembly videos on the companies website are great. I will be buying more from this company.
We live completely off grid and depend on solar/battery storage for any electrical. Even with running two incubators and these heaters, my system is not stressed! Fabulous efficiency.
- [ ] I really dislike the water system on the brooder and grow out. It is super hard to access on the lower cages for adjustment. Since it is in the back, it is hard to monitor if the birds are using it successfully. We moved it onto the side wall and it has worked fantastic. Easy viewing, adjusting and troubleshooting.
- [ ] I wish there were clear doors or grate you could snap on and off as needed for the holes where the feeders are accessed. Since you do not use these trays for the first two weeks or so, it would be nice to close them off. I have had new chicks jump out into the tray and not be able to make it back inside. We hot glued plastic cards onto the front to stop access to the feed tray. This also saves on the heat escaping. We left the sides of the cards unglued for ventilation, gluing only the corners.
- [ ] I like the mats kept in the brooder until roughly two weeks, but I leave one mat in for them to "take refuge on" for a week after I pull the first two. When the chicks are new, I top it with shelf liner for even better traction. I get no splay legs using this method.
- [ ] Two feed trays and two waterers are not near enough for each compartment. Boasting at 35-55 quail capacity during the first 2 weeks/per layer, I was filling food and water 3-4 times per day. I will be buying more.
- [ ] I really wish you could find a way to keep them stackable, but each section easily removable so you could power wash between brooding batches without dismantling the water system and prying them apart.
Thank you for the review, Stacey. We appreciate you sharing your tips and how you customized your cages - The Hatching Time Team