DIY Chick Brooder

We built a chick brooder over the weekend.  Our tiny chicks were quickly turning into big chicks and needed space that our cardboard box conversion couldn’t provide.

The old brooder served well until they had grown for seven days.  It also allowed moisture through the bottom, which was less than ideal, and something that was hardly sanitary to have in the house.

DIY Chick Brooder

We bought a large plastic container with a lockable lid.  We cut two holes in the lid – one roughly 10″ square, the other 6″.  The infrared lamp is about 9″ in diameter, so we wanted to be sure and let in all those rays.  I’m not entirely sure why we put the other hole in, but I saw it in a book and I’m guessing it allows airflow through the box.

We took 1/2″ square wire mesh we had leftover from screening our rooftop unit and cut them 2″ wider than each hole.  We bought some machine screws with nuts and washers, drilled holes at each corner, and secured the screens in place.

The chicks were elated with their new home, but even more so when we gave them pine shavings instead of shredded financials. The chicks basically bathed in the stuff, flapping their wings, and rolling around in it, making a mess as all babies do.  Don’t we know it?

If you would like to make a similar chick brooder box, here are things you’ll need for building your new brooder box.

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Homz Plastic Storage, Modular Stackable Storage Bins with Blue Latching Handles
1/4 Inch Mesh 24 Inch Tall x 5 Feet Long Hardware Cloth
Rite Farm Products 125 WATT RED BROODER Heat LAMP Bulb Chicken COOP Hen House Baby Chick 250w
Simple Deluxe Clamp Lamp Light with 8.5 Inch Aluminum Reflector up to 150 Watt E26/E27 Socket (no Bulb Included) 6 Feet 18/2 SPT-2 Cord
Manna Pro 1000316 Chickens Fresh Flakes Pine Shavings Bedding
RentACoop Chick Feeder Waterer Kit

 

Homz Plastic Storage, Modular Stackable Storage Bins with Blue Latching Handles, 66 Quart, Clear, 2-Pack

The 66-quart storage capacity storage bin is clear so you can see what is in it. It is 20.87”x14.39”x11.88”. Made in the USA by Homz.

¼ Inch Mesh 24 Inch Tall x 5 Feet Long Hardware Cloth

24” by 5’ hardware cloth with ¼ inch mesh. The 23 gauge wire is galvanized and made in China.

Rite Farm Products 124 Watt Red Brooder Heat Lamp Bulb Chicken Coop Hen House Baby Chick.

This is a 125 Watt red brooder bulb that provides radiant heat. It will keep your pets and livestock, like baby chicks, warm.

Simple Deluxe Clamp Lamp Light with 8.5 Inch Aluminum Reflector up to 150 Watt E26/E27 Socket (no bulb included) 6 Feet 18/2 SPT-2 Cord

This is a multi-use lamp that can be used as a table lamp for your home or garage, as well as a heat lamp for a brooder box, reptiles, or for indoor plants. It has non-marring clamps that grip for a secure hold.

Manna Pro 1000316 Chickens Fresh Flakes Pine Shavings Bedding, 3.5 Cubic Feet

This all-natural and compostable pine shaving is perfect for brooder boxes. It has low dust and is ultra-absorbent.

RentACoop Chick Feeder Waterer Kit (1.5 Waterer 1L Feeder Kit)

This RentaCoop feeder/waterer kit is perfect for brooder boxes. They are 8”x8”x4”.

You can also purchase kits or pre-made boxes

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Brooder Box
Brooder Box 2
Harris Farms Chick Nursery with Brooder Lamp Stand
Cackle Hatchery Chick Brooder Home

 

Brooder Box

This brooder box by Rafter 4B Enterprises is 18”x35”x14” when constructed. It does not have a bottom for easy cleaning. There is a light bar for you to add a heat lamp (not included).

Brooder Box

This new craftsman style brooder box by Rafter 4B Enterprises was designed with a new bottom. The size is 18”x35”x14” when constructed.

Harris Farms Chick Nursery with Brooder Lamp Stand

This enclosure by Harris Farms includes 6 plastic walls 23.625”x15.75” each as well as a plastic pipe for a brooder lampstand. It can be arranged into a rectangle or hexagon and will fold flat for easy storage. It will hold up to 15 chicks.

Cackle Hatchery Chick Brooder Home

This easy to set up brooder perimeter and lamp hanger is large enough to hold 25 chicks. The dimensions are 24” wide x 48” long x 18” tall. Made in the USA by Cackle Hatchery.

Please be aware, this easily made brooder box is only for a small number of chicks. Chicks need about six inches of space per chick until they are 4-5 weeks old. After that age, they should have the feathers can to be put outdoors.