Chicken Brooder

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Project by jessetheradical posted 03-02-2012 10:21 PM 2962 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m brand new to chickens and only a few months into carpentry. This post is a best of both worlds. Made this chicken brooder table this morning in about 2 hours, from all scrap materials.

It is a 2×4 frame with particle board top. Legs are 1×2, to save weight because it didn’t need a lot of structural support.

The dimensions of the top are 3×4, which gives me 12 sq foot of space for six chickens. They should be able to stay in here up to 5 weeks before moving outside.

These are all Rhode Island Red hens. I will be building the actual chicken pen soon so I am excited about that project.

This is staying in my basement and I have put a heat lamp in the brooder. I looked online for pics of sample brooders, and felt like this was a really simple option. It is indoors so doesn’t need a top on it. Hope someone else will find this idea useful too.

The legs are 18 inches. Just high off the ground so you don’t have to bend over, and the 24 inch wire allows you to reach in and adjust things. Perfect set up.

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 10:25 PM

Looks like a nice place for the chickens

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 02:29 AM

gotta start somewhere!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 02:41 AM

May your chicks stay healthy and mature and lay many an egg. Fresh eggs, here we come!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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