I have some eggs that a friend is hatching for me after I lost my chickens to predators. So I needed a brooder for when they hatch. I looked at some of the awesome designs on these pages and borrowed some ideas from several and thought I would share mine with anyone interested as repayment for the awesome information I have gotten from this site. My design uses: 2 ea 2”x4”x8’ I used 2 ea 3’ and 2 ea 4 ‘ old scrap for the legs 7ea 2”x2”x8’ 1ea 4’x8’ sheet of 3/8 plywood ½”x24”x10’ hardware cloth 4 ea hinges, 4 ea latches I had some old brass hinges and was going to use window latches but found some latches that pull down tight like the picture but they were $3.75 and some others were in the close out bin in the picture for $2.
This is a cut sheet for the plywood.
I attached the 2x4 legs to the sides (make sure you make a right and left). I made 2 rights and had to redo one side. Then attached the front and back to the legs and added 2x2 supports all around. Then I marked and cut the 2x2’s to line the top inside edge. Each square = 6” This is the layout of the 2x2’s for the bottom. Each square = 6”
I was short by about 12x12 having enough to complete the brooder. I made this a clean out. I used a small scrap of plywood for this area. I used 2 of the pieces left from notching for the legs as a turn lock to hold down the clean out piece.
I built the frame in 2 sections the front for feeding and everyday access and the entire top will open for cleaning. Braced the corners with scrap plywood and stapled the hardware cloth the side and bottom.
I built this in about 4 or 5 hours. I used dry wall screws the entire structure 1” and 2 ½”. Using the 2x2 braces your plywood cuts do not have to be exact, which mine never are. Hope this helps.
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