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Mtulliss Chicken Brooder

DIY Shelf Brooder
By mtullis · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
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  1. mtullis
    ~Brooder~
    For our Brooder, I thought some of the garage shelving would work good, but how?
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    Then we went to the feed store to get stocked with chickie supplies and voila! THERE it was!...
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    i thought i'd use the shelving because the support braces are right angles, so i cut the back and front to fit WITHIN the frame-not affixed to the outside.
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    then, cut the sides to fit next and push between the back and front. next i cut the door holes... ( some of these pics are off my iphone-sorry!)
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    then, slide the sides in from the open side(s) and push last into place with your hand through the door.
    for the lamp, i drilled a hole through the shelf above and have an eye bolt, then drilled a u-shape at the top of the center-back of left compartment to run the cord down the back.
    my thought is to have 2 compartments while they're small, so i cut a separating wall-the same size as the sides-which has a stabilizing 1x1 1/2 at the base and 2 braces at the top-for safety (don't want it to fall over on the little gals!). i can remove them and push to the right side as they get bigger.
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    i used braces on the corners just to be safe and tighten it up.
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    [​IMG] this is the separating wall
    i then constructed the frame of the doors with 1x1 1/2", glue/clamps. finish nail gun, and wire stapled to the back.
    attach with hinges-note: at 11:30pm they can get a little crooked!
    and... VOILA! Chicken Brooder!
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    next... CHICKS!!

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    and now with pine pellets and a mirror

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  1. chicki-vicki
    great to use verticl space - as a brooder and a little extra storage (can never have to much )
    this I am going to use for sure - thanks for the visual hubby and carpenter helper friend need to see the vision
  2. kimtimp
    Great idea! I want to build one now....
  3. chickenlover237
  4. Leanco
    Amazing design!! Are those australorps and wyandottes?
  5. chloechickens01
  6. NewChickHere
    Very nice. What is the last picture of? :)

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