Large Chicken Brooder

By sagehound · May 28, 2018 · ·
  1. sagehound
    We finally finished our brooder and thanks to all of the great feedback and images from other brooders we were able to build ours. This was the first time my husband and I had built anything like this so it was a definite learn as you go. We wanted to make sure it was large enough for the 16 chicks we are getting and still be able to fit into our spare bedroom. We had to take it apart to get it into the bedroom but I think will be perfect. We are workin on our coop right now and it should be finished by the time the chicks are 4-5 weeks old and since we have warm weather we are hoping to move them out of the bedroom at that time. I just wanted to share since I learned so much from everyone here. :) We have added a tarp underneath to protect the carpet and I have added the pellets and warmer and both the food and water bowls. I added a small perch and i have a small paper plate that they can use until they know what their food is. I can't wait until they get here! :wee IMG_0750.jpg IMG_0793.jpg IMG_0752.jpg IMG_0753.jpg

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    The brooder is very nice and looks spacious. It would be great to see plans, materials used, and in progress pictures added to the article. I would also tow that using chicken wire can be a safety concern in little chicks. They can fit their little heads in it and get hung up.
    1. sagehound
      Thank you for the comment. This is the first thing my husband and I had ever built and I based it on some of the plans that I found in here. I agree with you on the chicken wire. I don't think I would use it again as they did stick their heads thru and I was worried about that. Luckily we didn't have any issues. I used this brooder until they were about 5-6 weeks old and then we finished our coop and they moved out. I had 17 and I think it was a bit crowded by the time we moved them. They definitely could not have stayed in it much longer. Unfortunately I didn't do a very good job of capturing the materials but I did better on the coop. I am planning to post that along with the materials we used as much as I can.


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  1. sagehound
    I am using Nature's Bedding Wood Pellets.
    • Kiln Dried Pine – Non allergenic and dust free
    • Highly Absorbent – Requires less use which lasts longer and saves money
    • Environmentally Friendly – less volume and breaks down quicker than shavings
    I had originally wanted to use shavings but thought this might work better since it will be in my spare bedroom.
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  2. N F C
    A tarp underneath is definitely a good idea. What sort of pellets are you using on the floor of the brooder? Have fun with your upcoming chicks!

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