Just a quick post to show how I simply made my brooder, for anyone wanting ideas.
This is my first rodeo so I googled a few pictures and came up with what I think is an ideal example of a brooder.
It’s build is simple really, using 4”x1” rough sawn timber and 2”x2” rough sawn timber. The external measurements are 2’ wide x 4’long & 3’ high the depth of the box itself is 18”.
When using the 4”x1” boards to lag the box I put the long ones internally, so that they would act as a rest for the lid which is onset as shown on the pictures. And by also doing this is does away with having to cut corners out of the flooring to go around the leg timbers.
I used ply wood as the flooring but didn’t screw it down so it’s is easily removed afterwards for thorough cleaning.
Feel free to ask any questions or leave comments. Hope this is helpful for anyone in the same situation I was.
Recent User Reviews
"Super Easy, Super Nice Brooder"
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 21, 2019
What a great build! The article is short, sweet, clear and easy to follow. The pics are just as good. The exterior arm and chain rig is about the ONLY safe way to use a heat lamp. The suggestion to add some ventilation makes this a top-notch home brooder. Very nicely done!pecker426 likes this.
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed May 9, 2019
I really like the look of this. I think you could comfortably brood a number of chicks in there for a few weeks. Perhaps 4-6 chicks could be broody all the way to 6-8 weeks even. I have quail and this would comfortably hold 2 dozen quail for the enter brooding time.
I gave 4 stars instead of 5 only because this could hold gases like ammonia and carbon monoxide that natural occur. Some low openings covered in 1/4" hardware cloth would provide ventilation for such gases that tend to sink rather than rise.