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Amferro103s Homemade Chicken Brooder

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  1. amferro103
    HomeMade Brooder
    After deciding we were hooked on hatching we decided
    to build a durable brooder that we could us over and over.
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    We decided to make it in 2 sections that could be taken
    apart for cleaning.
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    We first built the bottom section, using 2 sheets of
    4' x 8' exterior plywood.
    The bottom measures 60" long x 34" wide and 14" deep.
    We screwed the box together for added strenght.

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    We then built the upper portion of the brooder.
    We used 2" x 2" x 8' lumber. 8 Pieces in all.
    The top we made just slightly smaller than the bottom so that the top could
    fit inside the bottom box without any gaps.
    The top and sides we used 1/4" mesh wire and the opening front door we used 1/2" wire mesh
    so that the visibilty would be better.The top portion measures 28" tall.
    We started the slope for the door 19" from the back.
    One thing we did to keep a tight fit between the top and bottom is that the 2x2 that goes around the perimeter
    of the upper portion. We made sure half of the 2x2 was below the edge of the lower box and the other half of the 2x2 was above
    the edge of the lower box.


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    The front door runs the full lenght of the brooder.
    It is attached at the top by 4 hinges.
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    Once the 2 bottom and top are constructed
    you can just drop the top right into the bottom and you have a 2 piece
    brooder that is really easy to clean and with the large front opening you have
    great access to the inside of the brooder.
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    It took took 2 full days to construct just because of the tight fit we tried to acheave between the top and bottom.
    It really needs to be very square. That takes time.
    Over all it cost about $125.00 to construct.
    It adds up quick!!!
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  1. CyndiD
    great design. can you tell me how much it weighs? the top and bottom seperarate. thanks
  2. Symboline
    I love this brooder box!!
  3. Blulaced Damsel
    I had two of these built for me!!! I love them!
    One really really important feature that I ended up adding was a hydraulic hinge (quite expensive- almost $30) after my favorite chick was perched on the edge of the brooder and the lid flopped down on her, killing her... so heartbreaking
    This brooder has LIVED in my house for months..... so great and holds lots of chicks very handily. Thanks for sharing the design!!!
  4. barneveldrerman
    Nice brooder. I like the design!
  5. mebuff daisy
    Great brooder
  6. lesgo54
    Very nice setup
  7. fmledford
    I built this brooder for our chicks over Easter weekend. It's great, but now they are itching to have a coop to live in. Thanks for the great idea and pictures!
  8. chickensgawk
    really nice. this is going to be my new brooder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Latestarter
    Beautiful job! I've been pondering what I'm going to do with 30+ chicks coming in May. I didn't want to have to go through multiple "brooders" to house them as they grow, and didn't want to have to separate them. I think this will fit the bill perfectly (8' long)! Was going to start building the coop this weekend, but I guess this will be required first, so change of plans! It will be good to be building SOME thing! Will help keep my mind of the wait for the chicks to arrive. Thanks for sharing your brooder!
  10. silkiechick99
    Wow!! That's a amazing brooder!! I'm defiantly thinking about building this for myself. I'll just build it a bit smaller because I only house a maximum of 10 chicks per brooder. Otherwise they'll develop a pecking habit. Good job!

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