DOG CRATE BROODER
We made the chicken brooder from a wire folding dog crate, spare plywood, tie wraps, chicken wire and a couple scrap pieces of 2x6
Using a wire dog crate we cut plywood 13" tall x the inside length of each side of the dog crate. We then drilled holes in the plywood and tie wrapped the plywood to the insides of the crate. We used chicken wire across the door. We put their water and food up on 2x6's to help keep the woodchips out of the food and water. The heat lamp can be set on top of the crate on hung inside depending on the heat required. This type of brooder works well if you need to protect the chicks from dogs and cats. Since most of the cage is open you need to keep it in a warm area with out drafts. As the chickens got older we added perchs for them by screwing through the plywood into the ends of branches. It turned into a great faimily project as Quinn 11 and Maeve 8 did all the work.
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What did you use on the floor to keep the shavings from falling through?
Why did you use plywood on the sides? Could the chicks fit through the slots of the sides otherwise?
Can the chicks get out through the door? I would think they would be small enough to fit through the wholes in the chicken wire.
I like that you made this into a family project! I also like that you made ledges to try to keep the shavings out of the food and water. You might have been able to rig up something so that you could hang them from the top and adjust the height as the chicks get bigger and still keep the wood shavings out of them.
Another thing I liked is that you added perches/roosts for the chicks as they got bigger.