My Home Made Brooder

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


    My Home Made Brooder!!

    After having my 15 babies in smaller brooder for about 4 weeks I decided they needed more room. I had looked at tons of pictures so I had an idea of what I wanted. Hubby was at work and I got a wild hair to do it myself. Believe it or not the only thing I had help with was putting the hardware cloth on there and my hubby had to resize the doors since after I built them they wouldn't fit!! =) It's 7' long 3' high 3' wide and stands a total of 5' tall and is heavy as all get out! Since I took these pictures I added a tin roof on it. It works great for when I have little babies too! I use the shelf liner rubber stuff and put shavings on top of that! (Pic below) but found after a while those things just got too nasty and I started using newspaper as a base and have the shavings on top of that!! I also put a seperator in there by taking the really small wire hardware cloth and zip tying it to the side to be able to put 2 different age groups in there!
    As far as the direction for how is was made, I really didn't have any directions just an idea in my head and I just kinda of went for it.

    The only thing that I'm going to change (well add really) is a poop catcher!! I've figured it out in my head but haven't quite got a chance to make it yet. It's basically going to be a piece of plywood with 4 sides nailed a foot or so underneath with a little hinged door that folds down. That way I can put a bunch of kitty litter down to help dry the poop out and I can clean it daily with a litter scoop but when it's time to intergrate the flock I can totally clean it out by scraping everything in a garbage can!! Well, like I said it's still in my head so we'll see!! =)
    (I forgot to add that other than the hardware cloth, hinges & latches that I bought new everything else was recycled, so it cost about $45.00 to build!)

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice Brooder!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 22, 2018
    More build details would make the article better
  2. N F C
    "Good Sized Brooder"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 27, 2018
    For someone that needs a permanent brooder (vs. using a disposable cardboard brooder), this would work well, especially with the modifications mentioned...a roof and a poop catcher. It would be helpful to have more details on how it was built but wouldn't be too hard to figure out for someone with basic tools and some basic carpentry know-how.
  3. Anonymous
    "Lovely brooder but not much detail."
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 22, 2018
    Nice brooder set up but not enough build information unfortunately. To see how it was built would have been great.


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  1. BBCHICKS123
    I am going to have to try this
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  2. bluenosechicken
    Gave me something to think about as I move my Jerseys around like to keep them close to the big birds to get them ready for the walk.
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  3. Two Chicksahs
    Kudos to you! It looks swell! You did yourself proud Barred Babies!
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  4. NonnasBabies
    And thanks!! I've rasied many many birds in that thing! Have quail in it now!
  5. NonnasBabies
    I never add my babies to the flock until their about the same size so they can defend themselves if need be!!
  6. heby
    Very nice. How long did you leave your babies in this before introducing them into the flock?
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  7. TabbyG
    LOVE this!
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  9. chloechickens01
    very creative and cool. the chicks look happy too! thats what counts
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  10. ScioValley
    Thanks for the ideas. I'm using large plastic bins from a building supply normally used to mix concrete to catch the poo. I'm rigging them to slide into place and filling with a inch or so of compostable absorbent material...easy to clean, lasts forever.
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