Homemade brooder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Opa, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I got tired of constantly having to adjust the height of the heat lamp to maintain the proper temperature. Buy a commercial brooder was way out of my budget so I built one based on a 30"x30" tray from a rabbit hutch. That cost me $17. Everything else was either scrape from jobs or items I already had.

    Front showing pullout droppings tray

    Side showing Feedbox door

    Back with thermometer

    Top view

    Heat source with wafer thermostat

    Removeable center partion and feed box

    Center partition removed

    Orange cups are connected to water bottle and fill when bird peck yellow valve

    Spangled Hamburg bantam occuping cool side.

    Hopefully these pictures might help someone else build a brooder.
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Great looking brooder, Opa. When you get time build me one and bring it to me , [​IMG] LOL. [​IMG]
  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Way nice Sam I love it
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    that's really nice, I wish I have the talant you have OPA to be able do all this nice projects you do.

  5. yodercountrygirl

    yodercountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks really nice!!! [​IMG]
  6. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    And the Uber Brooder is born. Well done Sam, it's excellent. [​IMG]
  7. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2007
    Oh it's just lovely!

    Do you like the waterers? I am thinking about changing my watering system... is that what you use for your adults as well?

    Great work!
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Looks great, very efficient. As always, beautiful work! [​IMG]
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Quote:I use those waterers on a couple of cage coops that I use for quarantine and they work well. On my bigger enclosures I use hanging bell waterers.
  10. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Very nice! what kind of flooring is that? And are thewhite sides just painted?


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