Kiwibirds Chicken Brooder

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

    Instant Cat-proofing of Basic Box and Light Brooder
    Who needs a brooder, right? You just use a box and a light. But then we got a cat, so suddenly things had to be different. That's right - suddenly - no time to build stuff. I found some green foam squares designed as clip together matting at my local hardware store. The squares come in four packs, so I got a perforated pack and a plain pack and made them into a cube (the mathematicians among you will know that I have two left-over panels for next time). The usual box and light set-up is inside.
    The whole thing.

    Corner detail showing clip together foam and cat scratch marks, but please note the cat hasn't got in yet, and mainly sits on top watching "Chick TV" through the holes.

    Cat's eye view!
    (You are looking through one of the holes in a perforated foam sheet).

    The foam squares were $20 NZ per four pack, at Bunnings. The entire cube packs flat when not in use.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Nice read."
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jan 29, 2019
    Good read but a few more pics would be very helpful.
  2. ronott1
    "good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 22, 2018
    Brooder good for first couple of weeks
  3. Hope Hughes
    "I would like more photos..."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 28, 2018
    The material didnt get really hot and try to melt using the light? How did they like it?


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  1. ben0125
    Smart idea, I might have a look at Bunnings soon to try recreate this with a few modifications.
  2. x4livin
    I am very impressed with you right now. I am still buying and discarding cardboard walmart boxes. Now if I can just find the perforated ones here in the states, I will be in business.
  3. riverrunner
    Great idea and nice bit of added insulation.
  4. grullablue
    I'll bet that's pretty insulating in the wintertime too!
  5. HennyPenny243
    wow great idea
  6. cluck-cluck
    Nope, she said that the squares came either perforated or solid, she bought one pack each so probably had the front and top with the holes, and the rest with solid panels. That was an eggcelent idea, and that you can fold it flat to store is just icing on the cake!
  7. LoveNewChicks
    did you put the holes on the top?
  8. Lupa Duende
    This might also keep the hounds and tots from picking them up and Loving them too tightly. Fantastic idea; I will be recycling my foam pads too.
  9. BButterfly
    That's an awesome idea, and I like that you can take them down and tuck away until next time!!!
  10. momd29
    what a great idea.. We also have a cat and he too loves watching chick tv. Thank you for sharing your wonderful invention.
  11. DroolBubbles
    Great use of those kiddie mats
  12. Haruna
    This is great, i like this broading house.

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