DIY Inexpensive Chicken Brooder

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wigginsjul, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. wigginsjul

    wigginsjul Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2014
    Decided to get some day old chicks. First time to do so during the winter. Needed to make an easy, inexpensive brooder. This is what I came out with.[​IMG]
    Step 1: Get a large sized container.
    Step 2: Trace a piece of notebook paper to make a hole in the lid.
    Step 3,4,& 5: Cut out the hole, drill holes, and attach a piece of wire.
    Step 7: Fill with shavings and a little hay.
    Step 8: Don't forget the heat lamp!
    Now we're ready for the chicks!
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  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright and [​IMG] great to have you onboard [​IMG]


    Nice home made brooder you have there [​IMG]


    So let us see it after you put some chicks in to it [​IMG]


    Wish we had something like that [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice brooder but, be sure to check often that it doesn't get much too hot under the light. There isn't much ventilation - some people leave have the entire top covered with wire - leaving half warm under the lights and half cooler - so chicks adjust by laying at either end.
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Drumstick Diva is right need to remove that other section of the lid of the brooder. It can cause over heating. The lid of the brooder needs to be open and only covered with a screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange.

    Good luck with your new babies and enjoy BYC!
  5. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Be sure to add a couple inexpensive thermometers. One under the light and one at the far end. Be sure the amount of heat is sufficient under the light, and that there is room to escape the heat if it is too much on the other end. Run it without chicks first to see how the heat distribution works out.

    Welcome and best of luck!
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! You've received some good advice, good luck to you.
  8. wigginsjul

    wigginsjul Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2014
    Thanks for the tips! I'm getting the chicks on Wednesday, so between now and then I will monitor the temp and adjust if needed.
  9. danceinchicken

    danceinchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2013
    Hello[​IMG]. Great job, I need to do one myself, soon. Sure am happy for you.[​IMG]. Enjoy...

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