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Isabrowneyedsue's Chicken Brooder

Hi! I'm Rebecca,my family and I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Last summer we got our first flock of chickens from an older farmer who had too many. WE LOVE THEM. We love eggs, and even though the chickens are older, they still layed enough eggs for our family of four. this winter quite a few of them died, so we are trying our hand at raising replacements. They are growing so fast, and they are so darn funny! I like to think we are doing a good job, we haven't lost any chicks, and they seem so happy and healthy! I now am tempted to try and incubate some eggs from my browns but, I have to make an incubator first, so I guess that is my next project!!


 Our Homemade Yooper Brooder

 

it's a plastic toddler pool that someone threw away because it was cracked 

at first we just put the chicks in it with no wire, but then they learned how to jump

so we wrapped chicken wire around it and zip tied it together.

the wire alone wasn't strong enough to hold the lamp so we got some 2 x 8 lattice from menards ( 11.00 ) 

and that really firmed it up, i also bought a garden steak for 1.50 and that is what the light hangs on. i used a couple scrap

1 x 2's under the garden steak to keep the light from wobbling. 

i hung a thermometer near the floor to keep track of the temp, put in the feeders and water fountains, pine shavings, chicks!

they seem to be really happy! they have plenty of room to move and play.

we have them in our dining room right now because in northern michigan it's really cold still

and that just adds to their social life. the kids hold them and they are really used to us being around.

i was really worried that our cats would jump over the top, so i was going to make a cover out of chicken wire, 

but the cats don't bother it, the chicken wire we used is 36" tall, and that seems to be enough.

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so, the total cost for our yooper brooder:

plastic toddler pool - free in the alley

chicken wire - free i had scrap

heat lamp - free i had an old one in the garage

zip ties - 2.00 menards

plastic lattice - 11.00 menards

1x2 - free i used scraps

green garden steak - 1.50 menards

bedding - 5.00 tsc

under 20 bucks, and about 30 minutes of my time.

yes, we are red necks. yes, we like it Wink

 

 

 

 

Comments (8)

Too cute, I want one.
Great Idea!!! I'm from S.C. and that does not look redneck to me! ;o) It looks thrify! I notice your lamp is about the same distance as mine. Are your chicks indoors? I just noticed in some of the pics that the lamp is only about 12" -18" from the chicks. Just seems close to me. Especially if mine are indoors anyway.
This is just what I was looking for. Going to repurpose the kids' play pool for a bit! Thanks!
MicheleRoe - I think the really close lamps are using regular incandescent bulbs instead of infrared heat lamps. I've used a normal 100 watt bulb with no problems in the past but I did have to put the lamp pretty close the first week or two.
The lamp was about 25 inches above the chicks, so they never hit it or anything. My only suggestion is, if you have it in your house like we did, to wrap a sheet or some kind of sheer material around it because chicks are really really dusty! This worked great, and when we aren't using it i flatten out the chicken wire/lattice and store it in the garage.....
Oh, and if you put ducks in it, make sure you tape up any cracks.....those ducklings really make a mess!!
I like this one too! Could put up roofind felt on the sides if needed for drafts.
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