Sandbox Brooder

By MamaInPajamas · Mar 22, 2015 · ·
  1. MamaInPajamas
    After using a rubbermaid tote that my four girls quickly outgrew (at 3 weeks old), I lucked out and got a free used sandbox on the internets, so this cost about $5 (for the hardware cloth). The rest of the stuff was in our house and backyard.


    So basically, I put a loop of cloth around the inside of the sandbox and used duct tape to hold it together and cover the sharp edges. I put bricks around the inside to hold it in place, then filled it with aspen shavings (horse bedding) and put the top on. There's a brooder heat plate and four very content peeps.

    Our cats have now discovered the chicks. The cats were pretty freaked out for a bit. Who knew they'd be afraid of baby chickens? [​IMG] They warmed up eventually.

    The sandbox is about 4' x 3', and the hardware cloth is 3' high. They've get plenty of room to stretch their wings and run around.



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Recent User Reviews

  1. casportpony
    "Very Clever!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Sep 26, 2018
    I like it!
  2. ronott1
    "Brooder conversion"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 2, 2018
    Very nice conversion!

    It look like it is indoor predator proof too!
  3. CCUK
    "Great idea"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 24, 2018
    Fantastic use of an old sandbox.


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  1. chic101
    Great idea! If my current wasn't working as well as it is, I would've changed over and did this. Brilliant.
  2. autumnhearth
    Very clever! We have this same sandbox in our backyard.
  3. Mellow1
    Nice! Lots of room for your girls, way to think "outside the box"! ;)
  4. ScenicViews
    Wow awesome set up! My 3 year old cat is afraid of mine as well. Who knew!

    Great job on the "brooder-Coop"!
  5. lovepeeps
    Great job
  6. Bratty477
    That looks awesome!!!
  7. SarahTsu
    Very creative and thrifty! Thanks for sharing the idea. Lucky the sandbox came with a lid, too - nice how it serves as the domed roof! Aspen shavings are wonderful, maybe sand would've worked, too.
  8. crazyfeathers
    Excellent idea!!
  9. KYTinpusher
    Great idea!

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