What do YOU use for a brooder?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hennyhandler, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I am wanting to repurpose something into a brooder that will have sections divided out, like for example, different kinds of chicks or different aged chicks. I have seen some made from a flat bookshelf and each shelf is a section but I have yet to find one. I was wondering if there was any other ideas anyone knows about or have come up with themselves.
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Here you go
  3. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Thanks. I have been to the brooder page. The only thing is that a lot of them are built out of wood and I don't really want to build one right now. Others I have seen use plastic tubs but these won't be big enough or partitioned off.
  4. raechelm

    raechelm Hatching

    Mar 29, 2012
    Moscow, ID
    I made a brooder out of an old entertainment center I had laying around (the side shelves broke in a move). Similar to your idea of using a bookshelf.



    In the first picture I had left the doors on the lower portion, but then we decided we needed to see the chicks, so removed the doors and put a window over it. The brooder morphed many times - first we had a window over the second section, then switched it to a grate instead. As they got big, I put 1x1 posts on the corners and wrapped them with chicken wire to add a 'second story' (we were a little behind on getting the coop completed).
    Good luck finding something to upcycle!
  5. ChickenFootRnch

    ChickenFootRnch In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2012
    East TN
    I have used tote's and milk crates. I like the crates the best but they dont hold alot of chicks.
  6. Joe Jordan

    Joe Jordan Chirping

    Apr 12, 2012
    I use a store bought chicken coop I got from Tractor Supply. It comes with an elevated mesh floor over a removable tray so that the chicks don't have to walk around in their own poop. It's gone through two separate sets of litters (?) and is working great for the purpose.
  7. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Songster

    Mar 9, 2012
    AL/TN Stateline
    My Coop
    Henny, How many chicks are you planning to brood at a time?
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  8. kizanne

    kizanne Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    I repurposed a tv center also. It was on craigslist free section. It had sections but I took them out. It had nice deep sides like 24" deep and was 4x8 so lots of room. I added grating to the top from my gorilla shelves. I just use them when I need them and then put them back :)
  9. 3forfree

    3forfree Songster

    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    I am using an aquarium right now for the 9 chicks I just hatched, I will transfer them to a pantry we had in the kitchen when we remodeled. This pantry is about 7 ft. x 2ft with 18in sides,laying down it makes for alot of room. I will section it off so the chicks will have room under the heat light, and also some room to play and eat.
  10. FeatheredFreind

    FeatheredFreind Chirping

    Jul 10, 2012
    Clear Spring, MD
    I just turned the old porta crib into one. Only had to add hardware cloth. It truely fits for my babies! Its smaller than a full size crib but big enough to be sectioned off if I want and it is on wheels.

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