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Redesigned Thrift Store Brooder

  1. Kristin Brown
    While out thrifting for treasures, I found a table base for $6. It didn't have a table top, but that was even better because I envisioned it as a chick brooder with a top hatch door. Those boards you see in the mid section were already there too. First, I applied a red stain - such an upgrade from it's original brown! Then I used 1/4 inch hardware mesh and a staple gun to enclose the sides. Here is a photo taken at that point....

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    Next, I used scrap 2x4 lumber and hinges/handle I found from around our farm to craft the aforementioned top hatch door. I also used plywood to create a solid floor. The door is not secured permanently to the base because I wanted to be able to take it off completely for easy access to the chicks -and cleaning 360 degrees!

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    What a beauty! Here are a few bonus pictures of the first two sets of tenants to occupy this brooder....

    A mama hen and her two babies....

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    The second tenants were an order of 50 day old pullers from Murray McMurray Hatchery...

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    It was these baby chicks that inspired me to create a roost and built-in double light fixture for heat lamps.






    Total, this brooder cost about $50, ONLY because I bought a huge roll of hardware mesh. However, that is what I love about it. It has excellent ventilation.

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