cfree5's BROODER

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  1. cfree5
    Below you will see how I build my 4x8 chicken brooder.

    It started with 30 hens on order & some wood :)
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    I've never really built anything before but am somewhat handy.... so far so good.
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    A little paint... I wanted to see what it was going to look like.
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    Traditional "Barn Red" & White trim... maybe a little over the top?
    I've not told my wife yet that I could have used a cardboard box :|
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    The front folds down so we can catch them if necessary as the sides are 2.5 feet high.
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    View with the front secured in place.
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    The lid is secured with hardware cloth, maybe not necessary in our basement but we have cats & maybe we will brood future chicks in the barn?
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    There are openings in the lid to allow the heat lamps to be lowered as far as necessary.
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    Once the heat lamps are high enough the openings can close, but then it is hard to open the lid.
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    For the next round (in 2 weeks) I ordered a sweeter-heater instead of the heat lamps.
    Hopefully that will be an upgrade that works well?

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  1. Ur-ur-ur-urrr
    It's a beautiful brooder, but I can see how the lamps would pose a bit of a problem when it comes to the lid situation. I have a Sweeter Heater in my brooder, and once you get yours, you'll wonder why you didn't get it sooner! The difference between heat lamps and the SH is like daylight and dark. I'll say this... once you get your SH, you'll have the "perfect brooder"!!!
  2. Cheep N Peep
    Your 'brooder' looks more like a- well, actually, it looks like a brooder. But an awesome one with the same floor space as my coop! I used a kaytee rabbit cage someone was giving away for free as the brooder when they were little, then upgaded them to a big 50? 70? gallon tub covered in chicken wire in the garage (also free). The cat was furious that we wouldn't let a known songbird-eater 'play' with the chicks... now they are bigger than her and she blames us! Wonderful brooder, especcially like the door and lamp hatches.

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