Countrywood Farm Cardboard Box And Shelving Unit

By ausamerican33 · Apr 2, 2012 · ·
  1. ausamerican33
    Very, very simple! I went to Petsmart and they gave me a big dog bed box - it already had a front cut out. I simply added a cut out door, hung a heat lamp from overhead, and then then made their "play yard." Their play yard is one box ($15) of shelving unit, double stacked, and then has a cardboard draft around it. I'm sure I'll have to add another layer, as the holes are big enough for chicks to escape. I covered it with an old screen, too. Put a water and feeder up on bricks, added shavings, and it was finished. I built the whole contraption inside a horse stall (10 x 14) that we are converting to their coop.




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  1. ronott1
    "good article"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 26, 2018
    Might be better with a brooder plate
  2. Chickencountryuk
    "Nice idea"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 29, 2018
    Great brooder
  3. The Farmers' Daughter
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    Not a bad idea having a separate "play" area. I just wonder if the feed and water are too far from the heat source when the chicks are very young. Personally, I'd be really nervous hanging a heat lamp inside cardboard.


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  1. applefalls
    A play yard! So cute. It is just like recess in that play yard, I'm sure! : D
  2. hhconley
    Great idea! :)
  3. joan1708
    I like it!

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