My Very First Brooder (Pix)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Masonic Chicken, May 4, 2009.

  1. Masonic Chicken

    Masonic Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay Peeps,
    I finally got around to posting the picturss of my first brooder. I have never really messed with chickens , or building things for that matter. I am kinda a city boy gone country. I looked around, and read a decent bit. I went from there, never tried to draw it out, I tend to work better from memory. I won't claim it is a perfect design, but for my first one , I think it came out pretty good.
    I built it all for around $80.00. I Already had the lamps, the (drip pans) lol, I found at Lowe's for a closeout of $2.97 each, and they were the PERFECT size, which works well for me. They were actually plastic floor panels for a sheet metal building. I built the brooder a little larger than maybe I should have, for the reason that I want the chicks to be able to remain in there until it is time to let them free range with a few older hens I have. I will probably place dividers in there if needed. The measurements are 8ft Long, 3ft Tall, 2ft Deep. I think I did okay for the first time building something....what do you peeps think? [​IMG]

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  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    I think it looks dandy! You did a good job.
    One thing youll learn about chickens is they dont need fancy.
    Damp proof, airy and rugged, yes. Fancy? no.

    Me personally, I would prefer the use of infrared lamps for heat. But hey, to each his own.
     
  3. Masonic Chicken

    Masonic Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah I have heard about them, but haven't actually seen them....can you explain the benefit? Keep in mind, I am totally new to this...
     
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
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    Very nice. [​IMG]
     
  5. Masonic Chicken

    Masonic Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks!
     
  6. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice brooder - I love it. I too use an infared light - it is not as bright as the others - has a warming effect!
     
  7. Davaroo

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    Quote:It's partly this. The glaring white light of incandescent lamps are anything but calming.
    The infrareds are also a more focused light. I get a corded dimmer and then I can vary the intensity as the chicks age.
    Also chickens are attracted to red. When they peck at each other, they occasionally draw a spot of blood. Under red light, the blood nearly disappears.
    Under bright white light, however, it stands out and draws more attention. More pecking ensues and harm can befall the injured chick.
     
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  8. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Wow - I just love it! I think I will show my DH this thread so he can build me one. [​IMG] Not like he has anything better to do... Right now I'm using a large dog crate in the garage.
     
  9. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice brooder, puts my cardboard boxes to shame. [​IMG]
     
  10. birdlovin gal

    birdlovin gal Out Of The Brooder

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    Me thinks those are some spoiled chicks!

    Mine are in the garage in a large dog crate also...and they are 4 weeks old today and would be loving that much space.
     

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