Recycled Dresser Brooder

By match-nickel · Mar 15, 2013 · Updated Mar 16, 2013 · ·
  1. match-nickel


    So here is the dresser I started out with for the Brooding box. Figured, it is the perfect size to keep either in my wife's class, or in our house for 6 weeks or so.

    Took out the drawer slides and partitions, and put in a new partition to make 2 levels of brooding box. Since the internets told me that my baby chicks need 1-2 sqft of space each, and the dresser is only 16" x 30" that only leaves me room for 3.33 chicks per level...
    I added a "track" for a piece of plexi glass under the top level so as not to have chicks pooping on other chicks heads :)
    I made the bottom level, and left a slot under the Hardware cloth for another piece of plexi glass so as not to get chick poop on the floor.
    Top door made and installed.
    Bottom door made and installed.
    Doors installed and heat lamps added. I also installed a dimmer switch to the lamps so I cna adjust the cooking temp of the babies :)

    This weekend my sons and I will be apinting it with some chalkboard paint that my little sister donated. I will add pics when we finish!

    Input would be greatly appreciated!!! I am new to this!

    Share This Article

    N F C likes this.

Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice Brooder!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 31, 2018
    The Article should be updated for using a brooder plate--
  2. N F C
    "Dresser Brooder"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 30, 2018
    I like the reuse of a dresser and the finished product looks appealing. As previous reviewer said, maybe a heat lamp is too much for the space.
  3. Anonymous
    "Good start with a brooder."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    Nice use of recycled material. What does concern me though is there does not seem to be much room for the chicks to go cool down? Maybe this brooder would be better with a heat plate rather than lamps?
    N F C likes this.


To make a comment simply sign up and become a member!
  1. N F C
    I like the recycling!
  2. paridisefarm2009
    Great Idea for recycle !
  3. Stumpy

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: