Purplegoannas Chicken Brooder

PG's Hatching & First stage Brooder I use a large 100ltr plastic storage box from my local home store
By Purplegoanna · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. Purplegoanna
    PG's Hatching & First stage Brooder
    I use a large 100ltr plastic storage box from my local home store
    I then cut out a square hole. I made a plastic perspex lid with a handle & breathing holes drilled in it and used hinges to attach it to the lid.

    To one side i drilled a hole to put my electrical cord through and used a ceramic lamp fitting with a 100w heat bulb
    To regulate the heat and save changing to different bulbs i use a 'dimmer switch' i can lower or raise the heat/glow of the bulb
    And the finished brooder..

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Good Article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Sep 19, 2018
    The article could be updated to include a brooder plate.

    The brooder may need more ventilation, some holes drilled into the bottom sides would do it
  2. Anonymous
    "More detail would be better."
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Aug 10, 2018
    More detail would be better and the small cut out in the lid would concern me. Seems it may possibly get too hot in there.
  3. Hope Hughes
    "No a lot of details or ventilation"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 27, 2018
    I would like to see it in use... I also think you need more ventilation for the chicks, do you have a grow out pen too? Love the clean looks of this brooder though


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  1. Narihde
    How does it not overheat/warp?
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  2. Ctptcha
    Sorry about that. Love the brooder! Great design!
  3. Bree801
    This looks great! Love how simple and clean it looks.
  4. Purplegoanna
    no because the inside ambient temp should neva get that hot and the ceramic lamp fitting stops the plastic lids from overheating.
  5. country chicks
    Did you have any trouble with the lid warping from the heat?
      SavKel&RynKel likes this.
  6. realsis
    what a wonderful idea!! i love it!!
  7. Purplegoanna
    For the floor i line with newspaper and then put a small thin layer of hay or straw or if the lawn is long enough and the lawn mowing clippings get dried out in the sun i use a couple of handfuls of that too....cant be used as a incubator as you cant get the humidity correct. You can safely house upto 25 freshly hatched chicks in it, but would need to rehouse them at 2wweks for more room...+ youd have to change the bedding daily, which is easy with this i simply take the lid off, put all the chicks in a cardboard box, empty the bedding give it a spray with the garden hose the wipe out excess water, relay my newspapaer and lining and put them back in with the lid back on...
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  8. Purplegoanna
    im in new zealand, the bin cost $25, the cable from bunnings $8, the ceramic holder $4, the perpexs i had lying around and the dimmer cost $23.......
  9. chicken girl 8
    how much did it cost? Where did you get the supplies? Can you give me a list of things you used. Please.
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  10. tamdeva
    and a PS. For flooring, I would use the rubber non slip shelf linner, its washable, and will help avoid splaylegs.
  11. tamdeva
    This is great! And these boxes come in all sizes. The dimmer switch is a wonderful idea. I will save this to my favs when I am ready to get some new babies. Looks likes an easier access to the chicks than plastic dog crates. Good job!
  12. BButterfly
    Wow, this is such a good idea!!!
  13. 1eggnog
    pet chicken - you could just turn the box upsidown and use the actuall lid as the removeable floor and put the purspex on the new top (the origional bottom)

    could this be used as an incubator aswell?
  14. pet chicken
    I Love this idea!!!!
    It looks clean and simple.
    What did you use for a floor would it be suitable to use top soil?
    Also does anyone have any ideas on how to make this have a removable floor?
  15. griffinkid02
    How many chicks would comfortably (and safely) be housed in this max? I have 25 coming in about a month and a half. I have been spending a lot of time reinforcing and expanding my coop, and just remembered today that I needed to make arrangements for brooding. I love the design because this will be my first time raising a brood from chick to cock-a-doodle-doo, and want them under my nose so that I can learn as much as possible. But I need to know how many of them I will need to safely house my babies.
  16. RedRoosterFarm
    I love this. I got all the stuff to make one and did it today and my chicks love it! Thanks for posting pictures, Anna at Red RoosterFarm

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