I created this little pen as a brooder for when they are young or for quarantining a chicken when they are older. I'd love some feedback.
It is 31" wide so that it fits through doors. It is 48" long and about 30" high.I have attached hardware cloth with screws and washer to stop predators when I use it outside. It has a shelf beside the door on top to place stuff that I'm taking in and out of the pen. It has a solid floor of 3/4" pressure treated plywood.The back and sides have a 12" boards to stop drafts. The front has a 6" board to stop scattering of shavings.
The inside has a shelf for the feeder and waterer. I put a brick in there so they could get up on the shelf the first week. They seem to eat the food off the shelf after they scatter it instead of loosing it in the shavings. I'm wondering how well the nipple waterer works so I'd have to clean out the waterer less. The light hangs from an chain that is adjustable. There is a roost in there for when they are ready.
I have put about 3" of shavings in there to control the smell as they are in the house for now. It seems to last more than a week before the girlfriend says it smells and I have to change it.
They are inside for now, so I have a timer that turns on the light at 7 and off at 9, so I don't have to be home or remember that.
I'm hoping to use this as a pen for a few adult chickens when they need to be separated or when I am interested in integrating a few new ones into the group. I am building a chicken tractor outside for that.
I'm new at this and interested in suggestions.
Recent User Reviews
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 30, 2018
Nice build and great that you are thinking ahead in that you may need it as a hospital, quarantine area, or to integrate new chickens into the flock.
My one suggestion is that you cover the floor with linoleum or something like that to make clean up easier.
Speaking of clean up, how easy is it to change the litter in there? Do you have to empty it through the top?
"Well thought out"
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
Thinking ahead of future uses is a very practical idea. It's been built to accommodate adult birds as well as chicks. The platform for feed with the assistance of a brick for the little ones is well placed to avoid much wasted space.