Our New Brooder .....New "Top Hats" on the way

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fireguy56, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, After raising our first batch of babies in a make-shift brooder that I built inside our hen house, I decided my wife needed a real brooder for her new batch of babies. We have two Silkie chicks that are a few weeks old and 7 new "Top Hats" from McMurray on their way Tuesday. So, this is what I came up with. It is 3' wide x 5' long and 18" high. Ther roof is hinged and their is also a small reach in door on front for replenishing water and feed. I built it out of left over scrap plywood and misc. small dimension lumber I had in my shop. I wanted it to be very light and easy to move. I also added an arm that pivots to hold the heat lamp. If ya need to open the whole top, you simply swing the heat lamp out of the way. I also added a small piece of wood that swings up to support the roof when open. The girls seem to be very happy with it so far. I mounted a thermometer down low in one corner and built them a "mini" roost as well. Here are a few pics. Hope ya enjoy checking it out.
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  2. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is a really nice brooder! ur little fluff balls are adorable!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Looks awesome!! [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen [​IMG]
     
  4. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what a great brooder, very nice!
     
  5. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This looks really nice! It would be awesome in the coops & brooders section for people who are looking for ideas!!!
     
  6. larsonll

    larsonll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am tremendously jealous!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. happyhens120

    happyhens120 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any chance you can come help me build one? Soooo nice! [​IMG]
     
  8. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only one question - when can you ship one just like it to me???
     
  9. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great job! LOVE IT!
     
  10. NannaD'sCrazyCoop

    NannaD'sCrazyCoop Out Of The Brooder

    Another GREAT Job! [​IMG]

    (And idea - my husband is going to start locking me off of BYC and Your posts [​IMG])
     

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