Crickhollow Brooder

  1. celticgarden
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    I wanted to have a more permanent chick brooder so I created this mainly using a fee shipping crate and materials left over from my main coop build. Since our property is a small 0.4 acre suburban plot I wanted something that looked reasonably cute. Built on casters but will need to switch them out for more robust wheels. I imagine it will stay on blocks for the winter. Need to cap off the roof opening which allows for ventilation and is secured with hardware cloth.

    Named for Frodo's house in Crickhollow which lay on the edge of the Old Forest.


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    The dark beginnings, working into the night in the garage.
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    One half of the roof is hinged for access.
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    Divided at the moment.
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    Hinged board opens for ventilation. Secured with hardware cloth.
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    "Windows" are aged metal patterned grillwork picture frames picked up at AC Moore in the discount section. Glass bedded into rope caulk, the kind you use to seal out winter drafts.
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    Pop door needs to be refined but the concept is there and it's sturdy for now. Just in case we turn this into a duck house!
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  1. 21hens-incharge
    What a cute idea. I think it should work very nicely. You certainly put a lot of thought and work into it. You should be very proud for years to come.
  2. celticgarden
    Thanks, hopefully no agents of Mordor will haunt their doorstep!
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  3. Chipper Chicken
    Ahhhh, a pleasant little cottage for the fellowship of the flock! This is a very nice brooder! ;~)

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