My new brooder and current batch of chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crperdue, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I thought I'd post some pics of the new brooder I made.


    Here it is open:

    I made it out of OSB, 2x2s, and hardware cloth. It's 3' by 3' and 2' deep. The bottom is 1/4" hardware cloth and the top is 1/2" hardware cloth. Its hinged in the middle so I can flip it over and use the 1/2" cloth for flooring when I need to.

    Right now I'm raising some Delaware pullets and a couple of New Hampsire cockrels.

    Here is a Delaware pullet:
    She's 5 days old in this pic. These Delawares are the most active chick I have ever had! They can really run.

    A New Hampshire cockrel:
    He and his brothers are 4 days old.

    The chicks seem to be doing great and the new brooder has been a snap to clean. It might look dirty in the pic, but the droppings are beneath the wire by about two inches. I clean out both feeders and both waterers and replace the dropping papers daily. I was in the middle of doing this when I took the pics so you see the two feeders are empty and have the jars removed!
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008
  2. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

    Nov 17, 2007
    Port Orchard, WA
    Great job! Looks awesome! [​IMG]
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    What a wonderful idea!!! Great job and beautiful babies. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    Great job, makes my cardboard box look shabby.
  5. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Love It! [​IMG]

    I want Delawares! [​IMG]
  6. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I would remove hardware cloth as they can develop som feet and leg problems . Just paper towels with some shavings under for cushen. That way they won't eat wood shavings or get them in food and water.

    I love the brooder !!!!! [​IMG]

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