Chick Nursery

By ThreeBoysChicks · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. ThreeBoysChicks
    The Chick nursery
    The nursery was new in 2007 and was built to raise chicks and also to house a broody hen when hatching. It has served us well brooding many many chicks. It measueres 3ft deep X 5 ft long and 2 ft high and is mounted on the wall in our barn at the right hight for easy cleaning and feeding.

    • Scrap Lumber 2X4's, 2X2's, Plywood
    • Scrap piece of 2X4 welded wire
    • 2 Ft Chicken Wire (This was left overs from a former garden fence, before I realized chickens will jump over 2 ft fence)
    • Haredwire Cloth
    • Vinyl Floor Scrap piece
    • Cardboard box
    • Made the Bottom 3 Ft. X5 ft. out of the Scrap 2X4's. Added a piece of 2X4 in the center for stability. Covered it with Hardwire cloth
    • Made the top same as Bottom excpet covered with some 2X4 welded fencing
    • Screwed 2 ft. pieces of 2X4 at each corner and center to form box. Covered the outside with 2Ft Chicken wire.
    • Covered the back with scrap piece of plywood to help contain wood shavings.
    • Use piece of vinyl flooring on floor which is easily removed and cleaned.
    • Door was made out of 2X2 and again covered in chicken wire.
    • Mounted on the wall at waist heightf or easy cleaning
    • Cut pieces of cardboard to go around sides and door to contain wood shavings. Easily replaced when needed.
    • ADDED AFTER PICTURES WERE TAKEN - Added a roost (old 2X2) in the center between both the front and back support.
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    Helpful Hints to you - If you are thinking about building a chicken house, read through BYC I got a lot of ideas and gotchas to avoid by reading BYC. Don't be ashamed to go Dumpster diving. You can get a lot for free.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice Brooder!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Sep 19, 2018
    The article needs more build details
  2. Anonymous
    "Nice looking."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 9, 2018
    Nice looking set up but a bit more info on build would have been nice.
  3. N F C
    "Helpful Info"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 27, 2018
    Nice brooder, complete with details on how it was built (including measurements).


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  1. mustangrooster
    This has to be ne of my favourite brooders :) Nice job.
  2. ChickenLife
    I really like this brooder, it's up off the ground where they see you as a person talking and caring for them, that helps settle down.
  3. Dustieburk
    Nice looking !
  4. riverrunner
    Great brooder. Nicely built!!!!
  5. chicken girl 8
  6. BButterfly
    Nicely done!!
  7. Ivy MG
    I love this brooder!
  8. Twisted-Rooster
    Love the brooder!! Nicely done!!
  9. chickenlover237
  10. kappelmd
    How did this brooder work out with the drop front door? Do you have any chicks jump out?
  11. lesgo54
    very nice setup

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