Turning a bunk bed into a brooder!

By Flamens Farm · Jun 5, 2018 ·
  1. Flamens Farm
    I decided that I needed an outside brooder for all the chicks I have planned to hatch this season and for the 20 I have already hatched. I wanted to keep the cost low and use materials I already had on hand. There were a few things I still needed to buy to make this project complete and I was able to pick up the things I needed for $46.00. I have had this metal bunk bed for my boys when they were little and then my granddaughters used it up until last year. IMG_1833.JPG It was still in good shape and I had an image of what I wanted it to look like when it was done. So I gathered the material I had and went to Lowes and got the rest of the things I needed and started working. IMG_1835.JPG I worked on it for 3 days with a lot of interruptions that is for sure, between doing my chores and grandchildren's award ceremonies at school, it was a challenge because I needed it done ASAP. I had 20 chicks, a duck and a guinea inside my baby brooder in the house and they needed to move because my incubator 1 was going into lockdown June 5 and I needed a place for hatching babies. IMG_1836.JPG I live in SC so the temps here right now are between the 80's and 90's and night temps are in the 70's. I wanted to be on the safe side and run the heat lamp at night. My chicks are 3 weeks old that I planned on putting in there right now. All in all, I think it came out pretty good and it is going to serve my purpose. When I finished it this morning and put the chicks in they seemed content and that's what mattered to me. This is my bunk bed brooder with a storage area on the top bunk IMG_1842.JPG I think I will change the roof by turning the board across it and adding another 4 x 8 beside it, tar paper it and shingle it. IMG_1844.JPG IMG_1846.JPG The heat lamp can be lowered and slide into any area of the roosting box. I was very happy with the outcome and now to I am getting ready for the next hatch.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Sep 13, 2018
    I love it!

    More build details and pictures would make the article better
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  2. mrs_organized_chaos
    "Great idea, minimal details"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 26, 2018
    I like the concept but would love to better understand the process of turning the old bunk beds into a brooder.
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  3. The Farmers' Daughter
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 21, 2018
    Great idea.
    No description on exactly what was done to the bunk bed in order to turn it into a brooder.

    Pictures are a good way of seeing the gist of the brooder.
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