Feathereds Brooder In Coop

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    Feathered Landings' Brooder in the Coop

    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.


    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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    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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    Here's a view from the underside.

    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.
    "Peep hole" (pun intended [​IMG])
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    A closer view of the peep hole so you can see how we cut, wired, and stapled it.


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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "Brooder in Coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 18, 2018
    I like the idea of converting unused nesting boxes into a brooder. The use of a heat lamp in the coop makes me a bit nervous.
  2. mrs_organized_chaos
    "Nice job"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 27, 2018
    I really like the idea of a brooder in the coop. This article is very helpful for someone else who is thinking of doing the same.
  3. rjohns39
    "Nicely Done"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 22, 2018


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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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