Thefreundflocks Brooder Every Step Of The Way

  1. TheFreundFlock
    My Brooder!
    My hubby the great guy that he is, help me build this wonderful brooder!
    It was shelving from a clothing store.
    As for the other materials we had them laying around the house so my cost was nothing.

    STEP 1: What you need!

    • four 4x4 post
    • size depending you need about 3-5 1x2
    • 2-3 sheets of plywood
    • wire mesh
    • 1 inch screws
    • heavy duty staples
    • 4 hinges
    • 2 bolt locks
    • heat lamp
    • a water thingy
    • a food thingy
    STEP 2:Build you frame
    1. Take you 4x4 and build your frame.
    2. Take you 1x2 a build your floors to the size you want and attach your plywood. (our floors are 3 feet by 4 feet)
    3. Attach your floor to the legs

    STEP 3: Side walls!

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      As you can see here we attached the 1x1 to the inside of the plywood and used it to attach it to the floor. We left a 1 foot opening for the door. (My advice, go bigger!

    STEP 4:
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      ON the OUTSIDE of the brooder attach your wire so that the little babies don't cut themselves on the sharp edges.
    • USE gloves! I got a lot of cuts from this part of the project.
    • I used heavy duty staples to attach the wire. I made it clean and was easy to do.

    STEP 5: The Final Touches
    Attach your door with the hinges, make sure you have some type of lock so nothing can get in that you don't want in.

    Here is the inside!

    ****After my first go round with babies the news paper is good to have on the bottom with pine chips on top! Babies POOP a lot!****

    Close up of the top!

    With Babies:

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice Brooder!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Sep 19, 2018
    The article could use some editing and maybe some new pictures to match the text.
  2. Anonymous
    "Nice page."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 10, 2018
    Nice page with good pics.
  3. N F C
    "Large Brooder"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 27, 2018
    It would be helpful to have more specific details on how this was built.


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  1. BBCHICKS123
    Oooooooo this is supper nice l am going to have to build one seeing as l hatch 100s of chicks at a time
  2. azotter
    Thanks for the ideas
  3. DianaMallory
    oh nice brooder!
  4. DianaMallory
    Instead of using news paper I have dog that are trained to puppy pads. So I had them on hand and used them for my chicks in the brooder, even later as they grew and I added pine chips. I put a layer of puppy pads under the pine chips. They soak up water spills and keep your chicks clean from the ink off the newspaper.
  5. mfaith694
    Beautifully done it is gorgeous!!!
  6. butternutsquash
    I like the accessablity
  7. chickenlover237
  8. Buckhunter76
  9. alaskamom
    Very cool! Nice work! :)
  10. rsleghornchicki
    I'll use this brooder in my big coop for large amounts of chicks.

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