Ikea Inspired Brooder Box

By tlcmama · Jul 25, 2012 · Updated Jul 25, 2012 · ·
  1. tlcmama

    The final product looks more like a child's toy box than a chickens home, but the turkens LOVE it!!

    As usual I was convinced I would save money if i made my own brooder for the chicks that were on their way. With 6 pending inhabitants I knew I had to work fast. So I looked around my yard for materials to start the project...


    I had a couple of these Ikea book shelves not in use and since they were the right dimensions I figured they would make a good skeleton for the brooder. Without any real plans I set to work.


    I took out the shelves and added plywood to what would be the back and bottom of the box.


    Hardware wire was added for security and safety. Thinking ahead I put in a cross bar to anchor the hinged poop door that was to come.


    Hinged doors added to make cleaning out the box easier.


    Primer and paint were next.


    Passed a surprise inspection by the building inspectors.


    linoleum installed. Now for doors and chickens!!


    More inspections. I did get fined for painting on the lawn, but it was really just a peck on the wrist.


    Hinges on the doors and installed latches. We're ready for Chickie's.

    Changes I have made:
    Linoleum was added further up the sides so that it covered more open spaces between the slats in the wood. I gravely underestimated how far up the chicks could kick pine shavings.
    I previously had the food and water containers sitting on blocks of wood but they still got FULL of shavings.
    Here's a pic of the latest fix. Water container hung from hooks and homemade feeders made from my sons old rain boots. Cut the toes out and fill from the top.
    (Idea inspired by my new hero Janet. Here it is at 1:00 http://tinyurl.com/bumkgn7)


    What I would have done differently:
    Nothing! I love it and think its perfect [​IMG]

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice Brooder"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 26, 2018
    The article could use a schematic and a materials list
  2. The Farmers' Daughter
    "Some neat ideas"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 30, 2018
    I don't think I've seen anyone build a brooder with poop doors like that before. Terrific idea.

    Those feeders are ingenious!
  3. MROO
    "Shelf conversion - full of good ideas to adapt!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 6, 2018
    This is full of good ideas! While some more how-to instructions would be really helpful, the concepts can be adapted to other conversion projects. The boot feeders and the low poop doors are nice touches, but the best "touch" is the humor. LOVE the building inspectors and the "fine!"


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  1. tlcmama
    Leftover paint from our sons room - the chickens seem to like it
  2. fairytails
    Aesthetically pleasing. Loved the choice of colors, bright but not gaudy. Art reviewers will approve.
  3. paridisefarm2009
    Love the boot idea
  4. MorgansManor
    I love the boots what a great idea!
  5. tlcmama
    Thanks everyone - had SO much fun making it. How do you add it to the brooder page?
  6. canesisters
    Great article! If it's not already on the Coops / brooder page, you should add it.
    Also - Love, love love the boot feeders!
  7. chicksbunsdog
    Those boots are ridiculously cute!!! Love it!
  8. thukhoa
    oh very good

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