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The Brooder Pen

The Brooder Pen

 

After using plastic tubs last year I decided I wanted something a little easier to work with this year.

items used:

(some of the prices are approximate)

4 - 8' 2 X 4s   $9

3 - 8' 2 X 2s  $5.70

3 - 6' 1 X 6  $15.00

2 - 2' X 2' luan $5.00

1 - 2' X 4'- 1/2" plywood  $6.00

2 - 8' 1 X 2 $ 4.50

15' 1 X 1 cage wire  $15.00

4 small hinges and 2 slide locks  $9

 

 

I cut the 2 X 4s in half for the legs and the frame. Then cut 2 more 2 X 4s to frame out the bottom 2' X 4'. I used 2 X 2s to frame the upper part of the frame (I wound up having to replace one 2 X 2 with a 2 X 4 to get the wire to fit).  I then made 2 swing doors on the front to fit, out of 2 X 2s and wire.  Cut the 2' X 4' plywood to fit for the bottom. I then built 2 (approx) 2' X 2' removable trays to fit in the bottom for easy cleaning. I then wrapped the entire frame with 15' 1 X 1 cage wire ( and it took every bit of it) I painted my frame and doors before putting the wire on since we're keeping it in our living room. Attached a brooder lamp to the top of the wire and everything is ready.

 

 

Added note: With 3 years using this brooder. It works wonderfully. Some things I've adapted and adjusted: I use red flood lamps for heat. The position of the lamp is too close for heat lamps. In cold months I'll hang a heat lamp just above the brooder itself for added heat since it stays in an outside shed now. The floor trays are the best part of this brooder.  I now fill them with fine wood chips and dump them after the little poop machines move on to their next pen.  If you're going to wrap it entirely in wire like I did make sure you keep it in a draft free environment. If I were to do anything different, I would use hardware cloth instead of the 1X1 cage wire.  Small snakes and mice could possibly get through.

 

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Comments (22)

I <3 this brooder! I am using this design
Love the design! I modified it to have 1/2" x 1/2" wire in the bottom instead of plywood because I intend to have it outdoors under a shed roof. I do like the removable trays for the newly hatched chicks.
I really like this brooder!
i will def be stealing this idea :) thanks for posting!
Very nice design will definitely make one for my chicks!Though I might make a plastic slide out tray so it can clean easier.
I may steal this design for my bunnies =)
very nice!!! looks like a good nursery to me!! i use totes, but would be good for transferring the bigger babies to for the adjustment!!!
LOVE that brooder!!! so cute!
I had this made and have already brooded two groups of chicks and my pea chicks!
This looks like a really nice brooder! Might have to use this!
i really like this brooder setup
great disign I love it!
I like this design too! Looks easy to make and maintain.
What is the white thing laying across the top on the left side? Maybe a thermometer?
I like this set up, It would be easy to add a divider for transitioning the chicks!
very nice, i just may copy this soon
very nice I like it
 really nice would love to have one
I'm going to make this! Thanks so much for the idea, and design!
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