Playpen Brooder

By folgerrd · Apr 12, 2012 · ·
  1. folgerrd
    After deciding to get chickens, we decided to get the already hatched. So then came brooder making time.
    It was super easy to make, and free, because we had all the supplies. I thought I'd share how we made it.

    • Playpen(container)
    • Towel
    • Newspaper
    • Feeder
    • Waterer
    • Stick about the width of the play pen
    • Space heater



    • Set up playpen
    • Line bottom with towel
    • Shred or rip up new/clean newspaper and place in playpen
    • Put in waterer, feeder and stick
    • Set space heater next to the brooder.

    Our space heater has adjustable heat and our chickens are going to be already feathering when we get them, so heating isn't a huge issue. If the conditions are different for you, you may not want to use a space heater.

    When we get our chickens I will update on how well(or not well) it worked.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice brooder"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 26, 2018
    An updated showing how it worked would be helpful
  2. CCUK
    "Great brooder!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 29, 2018
    All babies need a playpen!
  3. casportpony
    "Did it work?"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    How did this work for you? Please update and I will re-rate.


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  1. folgerrd
  2. goose chick
    I love the playpen idea. I did this 3 yrs ago when we got our first gosling. He even stayed in there @ night & we moved him to the sunroom for the first 5months of his life until we had a barn built. This also worked when we had ducks as well. Best of luck with your new friends.

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