I hope this is the right section Hello all! Long time stalker, first time poster. I've always enjoyed reading information on this site and learning what I can do to ensure my future chickens have a good start and high quality of life. Unfortunately, I have a lot of time to think about it being active duty, you just never know where you'll be, and chickens just aren’t an option. So I'll go through times where all I want to do is plan for chickens (designing coops/brooders/best types of feed/etc.), one might even be able to call it a bit OCD. So lately I got the itch, and brooders were on my mind. So for the past few days I’ve mulled, doodled, and researched, and this is what I've come up with. Sorry if the list is confusing, started out with little ideas here and there and I tried to flesh it out as much as I could so someone other than myself could understand it. This is all thought up in theory; I have not built anything like this, or used most of these materials, so I don't know how much of this is actually applicable. So I'm reaching out to the BYC community for your opinions. What components sound good? What flaws do you see? What recommendations/improvements would you suggest? Interested in building this? Feel free! But please post what your final product looks like with any changes you may have made! I do plan on trying to build this in April for my parents who are planning on getting chicks, so any opinions/critiques would be greatly appreciated! Full Image Size -Originally done in pencil, but the scanner wouldn't pick it up so I went over it in pen. Some of the text is not visible, but it's in the list below -Also, the bubble to the right of the one labled "Food" is a view of the bottom of the brooder. Forgot to put that. -All the text in the image is listed below, since I know it's probably hard to make some of it out. It's probably going to be confusing, so please ask questions if you need too! Goals: -Low maintenance -Reusable -Multi use (mainly chickens/turkeys in my case) -Easy sanitization -Safety -Maximum floor space -Comfortably house 15-25 chicks/5-10 turkeys Components: 50gal Sterilite Tote (~$20) Dimensions: 42.75”L x 22”W x 18”H Clear or solid? -Clear: +Chicks less likely to scare when you arrive -Allows animals to see in; may encourage break-ins; increase stress? Solid: +Security; less likely to attract curious pets/pests? -Chicks startle when you check on them Removable rods for roosting Heating Options: Ecoglow Brooder (add hole in tote for cord to pass through) +20 Dimensions 20”L x 8”W x 8”H +50 Dimensions 22”L x 16”W x 9”H Can this be used with turkeys? How many would you suggest for either of the above units? Heat Lamp -Fire Hazard -Dangerous w/plastic tote? +Ambient temp Food Delivery: 2 in brooder +increase access +possibly 1 for feed/1 for supplements +Allows possibility of dividing brooder Feeder made from PVC Pipe (90deg) with lids. Top removable/bottom glued on. Cut as in diagram. Attaches with hook and possibly rigged to use rubber bands to keep stable? Water: 2 choices: Hanging with chicken nipples +2-3 nipples -located inside brooder (additional rod need to be installed as to not hinder lid removal/high enough to discourage roosting) +with lid to reduce foreign objects, cut hole in lid for quick filling access +height adjustable -chicken may hop on top of it (Pic by MommaDee) Rabbit water bottle +outside of pen +more sanitary/fresher water -limited access Lid: Cut in half, install hinges to improved accessibility +Reduces escape of flighty birds +Add ventilation in both sides/cover with wire +also allows option to use heat lamp -May hinder lid’s ability to snap close -Possibly compromise lid strength? Install removable twine to stop lids from opening completely? Bottom: Cut out bottom of tote, install wire so most waste passes through Screw PVC pipe frame to bottom +raises off ground +keeps weight light +Easy to clean +Improve base strength Cleaning: -Outside- place brooder on top of clean hay/shavings/etc. Move brooder to fresh pile of hay/shaving etc. Rake up soiled material and put in compost. -Inside- place brooder on top of disposable (newspaper/cardboard/etc) or reusable (tarp/linoleum/etc.) base. Move brooder to fresh base. Dispose of base/Wash, sanitize, dry reusable base. Cleaning: Focusing on the wire and pvc frame, my idea was to get something that will hold water (or even anther 50gal tote if you have it) that will allow the bottom of the brooder to be completely submerged. Add warm sanitizing water solution to bottom container, submerge brooder and soak. Agitate, use bristle brush to knock off any caked on waste. Rinse and Dry.