Greyartists Chicken Brooder

By greyartist · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. greyartist

    My Brooder. I kinda figured it out as I went. I used 2 sheets of particle board, a 4x4 post, 2x3s, misc hardware, shingles and tar paper.

    Just moved 14 chicks out to a larger pen and 5 turkey in.

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  1. ronott1
    "good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 23, 2018
    The article needs more build details
  2. Hope Hughes
    "I like the design"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 28, 2018
    I would live to see how it was built to get some ideas or for those who would like to try to build it.
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    "Nice Job"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 22, 2018
    I would have loved to seen and read more detail of your adventure


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  2. Wisher1000
    I have had luck brooding in an un-insulated room at very low temps. I have experimented with several methods of keeping the chicks warm, but bottom line is, if they can get to a warm spot, they can handle cold temps, even below freezing for short periods of time. I like a box or a tunnel type structure with a heat source inside and access on several sides so that the chicks can get closer to or further away from the heat as needed. The food and water need only be on the outskirts of the warm spot and they should be able to get out of the heat completely, if they want.
  3. lazy gardener
    I'd love to know what your outside minimal temps have been when brooding chicks, and how does this brooder do holding temps up to 95 degrees in cold weather? Do you start them outside from day one, or do you move them out after a week or two? Looks like you're using 250W? What is the square footage?
  4. llevise
    Hi- I know people who brood outside. I would give a few suggestions, however. The first one is to use 2 sources of heat. If one heat lamp bulb were to burn out, you would lose your birds and lamps tend to not last as long when they are used outside. I also would suggest a different source of heat than a heat lamp with shavings and a wooden pen. I have known people who burned down their chicken coop by using a heat lamp to heat it.
    Also, you are raising turkeys in a brooder used for chickens. I would be very careful doing that. Chickens carry blackhead and it doesn't bother them, but they can pass it on to turkeys and it is lethal for them. Particle board can't easily be disinfected and over time, this might pose a problem. I have separate facilities for my chickens and turkeys. Better to be safe than sorry.
    Otherwise, it looks very similar to the one my friend uses except for the huge openings on the top. We have way too many predators and weather fluctuations and need vents that are adjustable and have 1/4" hardware cloth in them.
  5. LoveNewChicks
    wow! looks like a coop
  6. canesisters
    No, I don't see why they would need to be inside. As long as you have a safe heat source, chick-friendly feeder, waterer and bedding you should be good to go. I'm planning to build one that will be my brooder/quarentien (sp?) chicken tractor. When it's got chicks, it will be parked near the barn so I don't have to run a LONG cord to it. When it's holding new chickens it can be moved around the yard (far side from the coop of course).
  7. sbriant
    it's really cute, but don't brooders have to be inside?
  8. silkies4me
    Hi REALLY LIKE YOUR BROODER! Love the colors! Think I gonna get my husband to build me one just like it!

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