Need Kerosene Chicken Brooder! : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

I need to find a kerosene chicken brooder. I checked the Lehman's catalogue and they didn't have one. I remember seeing them when I was a kid in the early 50s. Does anyone know where I could find one now? THANKS!

-- farmer (, January 18, 1999


We're looking too. My 8-year old is raising our chickens and my wife is in the hunt for this item. They all require electric and we're non-generator. Help!

-- BigDog (, January 18, 1999.

I've been out of the loop! My wife picked one up at a farm auction that does propane, using a simple cannister. I'll be seeing someone this week who might know more about this and will get back to you by private email.

-- BigDog (, January 18, 1999.

Check out this link for building a brooder reel cheep at home. This one uses a 75-watt bulb but you could substitute a hearty little oil lamp or teeny kero heater.

-- BigDog (, January 18, 1999.

We took a five gallong propane bottle, aSMALL propane lantern, rigged up a chimney system and put the whole thing in a wooden box. Had a light bulb...12 volts...worked fine for 50 chicks in the middle of January.

-- Mary Phillips (, January 18, 1999.

What kind of food do chicks eat in the middle of January?

-- Hardy boys & (, January 19, 1999.

How big a "no smoking zone" do you recommend keeping around a kerosene chicken? Can you put one in your oven directly, or do you have to dry it off first? 8<)

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (, January 19, 1999.

My wife grew up in rural Latvia in the 1930's. Winter temperatures and snow cover can get extreme there. Her mother kept chickens and wintered them in the kitchen, which had an earth floor (very hard and smooth from years of use) and a large (built-in) wood-burning stove. The stove was always warm, and so was the kitchen. Chicks were raised in a small enclosure near the stove wall. This practice was quite general, she says.

-- Tom Carey (, January 20, 1999.

Maybe i'm missing something, but wouldn't the best bet be to make sure that you have a breed of chickens that will set their own chicks? I know many won't, but there are quite a few that still will. Seems that would take care of the problem of needing a chicken brooder, kerosend or not.

-- Damian Solorzano (, January 21, 1999.

Check out E-bay, they have weird stuff.

-- gfcp (, May 27, 1999.

Mr. Cook, I have heard that the kerosene is concentrated in their lips; so as long as you don't let them smoke, they are fairly safe...

Mr Carey, we have raised chickens around a wood stove. Used cement blocks to contain them as walls for safety. Make the area large enough so that they can get away from the heat...very tiring keeping the heat even, so as not to cook them ahead of their time, but can be done. A simple DC light then finishes out this brooder plan. Only ever lost one, and that was to the cat!

-- Lilly (, June 03, 1999.

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