These are great ideas! I think we're going to build a lightweight door with actual hinges.
For today, I stapled some extra tarp over one side and then leaned an old window screen propped with a storage bin to keep it in place.
Any set-up critiques or comments? We're also planning to put a real roost or two diagonally in there.
Toddler shown as prototype chick and to show scale. :-)
WOW! That's a HUGE brooder! I'm in awe, and a fair bit jealous. How nice to be able to get IN there with them! No doubt they'll be happier friendlier chickens down the road. Not sure how well the tarp will hold up though. If it's the type I am thinking it is (once it gets a cut it tears easy?), they may just peck holes in it!
I made mine quite a bit smaller (30x30 - but I should have gone 36) - 2x2's and one roll of hardware cloth and I had some steel screening laying around (yay for my husband finding random things on job sites) and used that for my "door" on the front as well I just have a piece of it sitting on top (they're in the house and it's too heavy for the chicks to push it off if they could flap up there). I just attached zip ties to the "door screen" and zip ties to the side, and then thread the thin wire that was keeping my hardware cloth bundle together through the zip ties and twist (like twist ties through zip ties)! :) Just used more zip ties for "hinges" to keep the screen attached to the hardware cloth on the other side.