Got doors? Make a brooder.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OutInTheStiks, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. OutInTheStiks

    OutInTheStiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I had an unexpected day off today, I decided to upgrade the chicks' brooder and give them a little more space. They were in a large metal water tank, which is fine for now, but considering they will likely be inside for another three weeks, I wanted to give them a little more space.

    While I tried to sleep last night, I ran through a mental shopping list of any scrap laying around that would make a decent brooder. I finally decided on some luan closet doors that were just taking up space in a storage shed.

    I tacked four of them together into a square and added another on top to provide a solid top and a bit of "cover" for the chicks. I built a simple 2x2 frame and stapled chicken wire to it for the rest of the top. The wire portion lifts like a trunk lid to access the brooder.

    I'm happy with it considering I had 90% of the stuff laying around.

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  2. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

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    That's absolutely brilliant!! [​IMG]
     
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    What a great idea!!! I have three doors I was going to get rid of- we are slowly changing ours over to white- but I think I will just hang on to them for a while!!!! The next phase is only a few months away!!
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love it!
     
  5. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fantastic Idea
     
  6. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooh, I want one. What a great idea.
    Nancy
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    That is so cool!
     
  8. Terri

    Terri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    someone had their wheaties today, very super cool.
     
  9. ChickensInTheNorthWoods

    ChickensInTheNorthWoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing - I know what my next brooder is going to be made of!
     
  10. Good idea. My rabbit cage idea of using for the chicks are NOT working! They get throught the tiny gap between the bars! I have one that gets out all the time and looks for me. he/She loves to be held!
     

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