Large Brooder Box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wdthompson1, Jun 22, 2019.

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  1. wdthompson1

    wdthompson1 Chirping

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    Hi,
    My SIL and browsed through BYC and Pinterest looking for designs on making a brooder box. I had ordered 40 new chicks and needed something better than what I had. What we found was some great pics of after and minimal instructions. I thought we would like to share how we did ours by sharing our more detailed pics. If anyone wants more info please ask and I will share.
     
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  2. Matzwd

    Matzwd Songster

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    I had 24 chicks in a brooder box in my living room for six weeks. I will never have that many again as it was overkill for my small backyard flock. I am, however, extremely interested in how you did your brooder box. What size, and what was primary construction material?
     
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  3. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    We always want pics, why are you holding out on us.:frow
    Are your chicks layers or meat birds?
     
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  4. wdthompson1

    wdthompson1 Chirping

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    The overall size is roughly 4’x8’.
    Used plywood, 2”x4”s, ripped 2”x4” to 2x2, metal handles, casters, and chicken wire. I should also mention that I kept mine in garage until today when I placed in the barn.
     
  5. wdthompson1

    wdthompson1 Chirping

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    I am still new to posting. Sorry I thought that when I added the media folder it would attached. I have since added pics to the thread.
    These chicks are for layers. I will have 50 birds in all. I have silver and gold laced Wyandotte’s, Buckeyes, Isa Browns, and Easter eggers. We are starting a Veteran learning farm and do this to help donate food to our local Veteran Food pantry.
    We hope to later turn another stable into a coop for meat birds.
    We also have other programs we will be doing here such as forging, woodworking, beekeeping, art, and others.
     
  6. Chikibabymom

    Chikibabymom In the Brooder

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    Awesome work! My baby chicks aren’t too big yet but I’ll make sure to keep these photos in mind for when they get around that size, you have a beautiful dog too!
     
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  7. CLovesDucks

    CLovesDucks Smitten with Ducks

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    Awesome!
     
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  8. wdthompson1

    wdthompson1 Chirping

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    Thank you. I have the chicks in there since I picked them up from Meyer Hatchery in Polk,Ohio.
    The Great Dane and Mastiff belong to my daughter and SIL. I do however have one of their pups and named her Reagan. She is a beautiful Daniff and we love her and the new Australian Shepperd Remi that we now have. Reagan and Remi.jpg
     
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  9. wdthompson1

    wdthompson1 Chirping

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    Thank you.
     
  10. Matzwd

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    Really like the design!
     
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