I don't have a good pic of ours, and we have already dismantled it, but we used a cat kennel and MHP. The Kennel is about 2wx3lx4h, with plenty of room for food, water, the MHP and even a little beam to hop up on to look out the window.
I'm a first timer and not even officially a chicken mommy yet! A few more weeks and couldn't be more eggcited! Here is a photo of my brooder! I made the grey one first, but sometimes I get nerdy, carried away and continue creating things so I came up with a breezeway and added another tote! (I'm a total DIY'er & crafter, also make jewelry) I have to move the dowel with the swing towards the other end yet, and I will be making a mama heating pad dome that I will keep in the blue tote. Figured blue will be where they could heat their tushes and the grey could be use for food/water/play! I still have to secure the breezeway, right now it is just sitting on the edges cut. I didn't want to permanently affix the breezeway because I would like to be able to break it down easily & store it when the time comes.
Hope it works well, what do you guys think?
Nice job. I made two just like this recently the only thing I did different, is I put a hardware cloth window in the front so my three year old daughter can look in and watch them .
brooder is 5ft by 3ft and 2ft deep.......we purchased the eco-glow 50....we have 16 chicks. we have 2 heat lamps in there but currently do not have them running (regular bulb for light only) we had an issue with pasty butt because we were basically cooking them......the wife and I were nervous because of this ohio spring weather....and our garage was chilly but we quickly found that you don't need the heat lamps if you have the eco-glow ..
excuse the mess this pic was right before i cleaned them up...lol at first we had our 4 chicks and 2 ducks in 2 separate brooder bins ($5 cement tub from HD) the first few days they were ok and liked it after that our babies decided they loved to be with each other and would hop and flap back and forth we then updated their brooder to a baby pool which turned out to be free since we had one laying around some cardboard boxes to ensure no one gets out bedding 5 bucks for a huge bag at tractor supply and one of my kids skate boards to give a little height to hold their food and water and a few branches rinsed off from our backyard these little guys love their new home we cant wait for our 6 new chicks to be about 2 weeks to add them in with these guys we plan on attaching another baby pool that we have along with a mini bridge in between connecting the two so they can have more space n places to play (please excuse the mess in the other pic that was as soon as we built their home in the garage n out of our house)