Feathereds Brooder In Coop

  1. Feathered Landings

    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Feathered Landings' Brooder in the Coop[/FONT]

    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]We originally had 3 nesting boxes but our hens only used 1 so we decided to convert the wasted space into a brooder for our chicks.[/FONT]
    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Materials:[/FONT]
    1 sheet of 4x8 plywood - $25
    scrap hardware cloth- already had
    staples for the staple gun - already had
    screws - already had
    foil - from our kitchen

    Drill, hole saw, chalk line, skill saw, angle, measuring tape, pencil
    I don't have any drawn up plans for this but seeings how everyone's coop are different, it probably wouldn't work or matter either way.
    First we measured (and remeasured), cut and screwed the inside back wall into place.

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    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Then we cut out the "moonroof", foiled, and stapled the wire into place. We also had to cut out the left back corner to fit the coop framing post. Then we screwed the top on.

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    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Here's a view from the underside.[/FONT]
    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Then we cut the 3rd wall and screwed it into place. Notice the notch we cut out of the egg door so the plywood could come right up to the edge. Chicks are small and we didn't want them squeezing through to the nesting box side where they could get hurt by our existing flock.[/FONT]
    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]"Peep hole" (pun intended [​IMG])[/FONT]
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    [FONT=comic sans ms,sand]A closer view of the peep hole so you can see how we cut, wired, and stapled it.
    Here's a view of the finished brooder both from inside and outside of the coop for comparison purposes.
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    Things I'm glad we did:

    - The peep hole. I feel it has helped integrate our chicks with our existing flock.
    - Used scrap plywood to help hold in the shavings, it's better than not having it there at all.
    Things we've already changed:
    - We took out the small portable roosting pole and screwed in a larger one to the scrap piece of plywood across to the back "peep hole" wall.
    Things I would have done differently:
    - Put in a hanging feeder and waterer. When they were small it wasn't a problem but now that they're bigger they constantly knock them over.
    - Not wrapped the foil around to the inside, just put it on top. We were worried about the heat lamp being so close to the wood so we put foil around the cut of the moonroof, however, because we wrapped it around and under to the inside the chicks are now big enough to peck at it.

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  1. jsimplytx125
    Great idea!I have 12 nest boxes and, you guessed, hens use 3! I am converting the entire top tier to brooding box which makes sense with heat in Texas, I should not have any worries about it ever being to cold for chicks, up there. I'll let you know how it goes.

    thanks again.
  2. momofthehouse
    How long could they stay in this? What did you do once they outgrew this area? This was just one nest or did you take up the other two nest boxes for them and left the other one for your hen?
  3. pastryman
    Some guys have all the luck. Your own peephole for looking at chicks 24-7..
  4. Barn Mama
    Neat idea!!
  5. coffeekittie
    I really like this one. Thank you for all the details and clear pictures!
  6. tolipgirl
    I could totally do this with my coop! Thanks for the great ideas!
  7. myjourney79
    Great ideas!! Thanks!

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