Homemade Brooders

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Toots Birds, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Toots Birds

    Toots Birds Out Of The Brooder

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    Could anyone give me some ideas on homemade brooders? My chicks should be hatching soon and I don't have a brooder. Please help!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Toots Birds

    Toots Birds Out Of The Brooder

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    That was very helpful! Thank you. Do you have any favorites out of that list?
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I use a room, about 20 sq ft, in my coop with chicken wire walls, but it is a large coop. I've only used it once for chicks because they are generally raised by broodies here. I did brood 25 chicks in a spare bedroom one spring, in a couple of cardboard appliance boxes taped together, with a chair back for the heat lamp. Never again; no more dust, dander and poop dust in my house.

    It depends so much on your situation. If you don't already have a flock, I would just brood them right in the coop they will live in. (I definitely favor brooding outdoors.) Keep in mind that by the time they are 4 weeks old, they should have about 3 sq ft per chick.

    Once you settle on size and location, and figure out how to manage the heat source safely, it's just a matter of scratcing up whatever materials you can and putting it together.

    Here are a couple of setups that might be useful to you:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/840130/new-chicks-in-with-the-chickens/0_20#post_12410443

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/735392/redneck-fungshui-brooding-17-degree-temperatures/0_20
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I brood in rubbermaid containers, just small numbers of chicks, moving up to water troughs that I got for ponds in my deck. I put wire over the top when the chicks get big enough to jump out.
     
  6. Toots Birds

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    Now I am definitely not as worried about when the chicks hatch![​IMG][​IMG]







    P.S. Dear Judy,
    That second link was very useful!
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Quick and easy setup and tear down. When finished, I pull the trailer out to the field and sweep it out. Done.
     

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