Need Brooder Built by 3:00pm TOMORROW!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MonsterClucker, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. MonsterClucker

    MonsterClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2012
    Anderson, California
    Hey everyone!

    Ive been procrastinating about building a brooder for 25 chicks I have coming.
    Now the breeder calls me yesterday and tells me he just shipped out my chicks. (7 Hinkjc Lav Orps 18 Marranduna Basque)

    So I'm in a crunch to get the brooder in the garage built. I can put them in a few 50gal rubbermaids for a night or two if I HAVE too. But I just want to do something easy and quick.

    Heres my "Materials At Hand List"

    a few 2x4's
    a few 2x2's
    lots of scraps pieces of plywood measuring 3x1
    Chicken wire
    plastic mesh wire

    I know I have all the pieces to build a quick brooder for 25 chicks. I just need help from my favorite people in the world to get some creative juices flowing!

    hopefully we can get some quick ideas!

    Thanks everybody in advance!
  2. mysheezab

    mysheezab Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2012
    What is super easy and cheap in a hurry is taking 4 pallets ( free!!) and making a 4 sided box. Secure with screws and then place a tarp in the box so that it covers the ground and all 4 sides with enough tarp left over for you to drape over the outside and tied down. Place some bedding in the bottom and place a 2x4 ( or a broom stick which is what I used because its what I had on hand) and secure it over the top in the middle so you can hang your light from it and adjust it for the proper heat requirements :) and best of all... IT'S EASY TO CLEAN! I just dump dirty shavings and hose off the tarp.

    I hope this helps. Good luck and have fun with the little fuzzies!!
  3. Framac

    Framac Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    New Berlin
    Personally, I like the 50 gallon water trough for brooding initially.

    Easy to clean, high enough to block any drafts. Put a wire cover over it, and there you go.

    If your 3X1 plywood is 3 feet by 1 foot, you could do a 6 X 3 brooder, with a 2X4 frame, using the 2X2's on the long side to act as supports.

    The Floor would end up with a lot of cracks.
  4. yo burrill

    yo burrill Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2012
    Garland, ME
    Watermelon boxes from the local grocer work great too!! Or a kids swimming pool with a ring of rolled cardboard for sides. Or a refrigerator box.

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