Got doors? Make a brooder.


10 Years
Jun 23, 2009
Thorn Hill, TN
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.



10 Years
Apr 9, 2009
western NC
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!!


10 Years
Sep 9, 2009
Lake Butler (Union County)
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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