Brooder box

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TinTennessee, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. TinTennessee

    TinTennessee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2012
    Springfield , TN.
    My Coop
    today i found a nice box to use as my brooder box, its aproxamently 4 foot by 3 foot and around 29" tall.
    i still have work to do on the coop so i bought 3, i'll use the plywood on the walls of the coop. When i got it home i cut a hole in the top and put 1/2x1/2 wire on the inside of the top to cover the hole.
    I then drilled a few holes at opossing angles and put small limbs through for roost. I still need to get some pine shavings etc... but i think for 3 dollars it's one heck of a nice box. Did i mention he's got a few more?
  2. rebecuna

    rebecuna Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2012
    Nice! Wish I had something like that!
  3. BunnyMomma

    BunnyMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2010
    Olin, North Carolina
    How nice! I wish I lived nearby, I could use about 6 of those for breeding pens! Lots of potential there! Good thinking!
  4. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow! That's perfect. I wish they were near me. I just built one. It didn't cost much to make, but it took a half a day to put together. It would have been nice to be able to just buy something.
  5. Pamelas liladys

    Pamelas liladys Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2012
    I live near TN bu tyou are way out there North of Nashville. WOW. I sure wish I had a 18 wheeler in that area. I could use some of those.
  6. dirtbath

    dirtbath Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2009
    North Carolina
    There are a lot of places to find those nice shipping crates. Try a Harley Davidson dealer or snowmobile dealer-they all use those crates. Very study! Perfect for chicks!
  7. Stewzoo

    Stewzoo Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2012
    That is very similar to what I use, it works awesome! I am wishing I could get my hands on a few more! We drilled holes in the sides and made rope handles to aid in moving it to clean. We also made a lighter weight lid for when they are older. Basically a frame of the box with chicken wire. It is so much easier as they get older, plus they see more of us and get used to people.
  8. kybyxbee

    kybyxbee Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    Near Owensboro Kentucky
    Thanks for the info, I will be down today or in the morning. Such a great find!!!
  9. fmernyer

    fmernyer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2012
    I have a few boxes exactly like that that I was considering for our future chicks. Can you tell me - do you think I need to put a screen on the top right away? I mean - they can't jump out or anything, right? I'm not worried about predators for now since they'll be in the garage for the 6 weeks or so they'll take to grow large enough and feathered enough for outdoors...

    Also - since I'm brand new to the forum - I don't know what plans you had for the coop you mentioned...but do you think I'd be able to use the same box as some sort of coop in the future until we could make something more permanent? I'm thinking if I could cut out some sections like you did and cover it with wire mesh...

    Or am I just plain silly?

    Either way - thanks!!

  10. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    I think the small screen is brilliant, because you can put a 100 watt bulb right over the whole, but the rest of the lid helps trap in heat... As they get older a larger screen will be usefull to help cool it down in their...
    I think you would want something a littleeee bit sturdier.... I suggest looking into to chicken tractors, for only a few birds....

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