Constructing a brooder for your first flock of chicks can be as simple as a cardboard box or plastic storage container, but you’ll soon discover that those cute fluffy chicks grow at an incredible rate! Overnight they double in size and the brooder seems to get smaller and smaller. Feathers appear and practicing flying skills makes it even more difficult to keep the chicks contained in the brooder. I found a few unique DIY brooders on BackYardChickens.com and with the chicken keepers’ permission I’d like to share their creative inventions with our Community.
The first Brooder was constructed by Sierra View Poultry….
Construction was easy, I took the drawers off, drawer railings and back panel off keeping the shell of the dresser. I used hardie board in the bottom floor because it’s what I had, but plywood would work too. Then I repainted it and covered the openings in the front with chicken wire. With the back panel off it was easy to staple the wire on. Inside the top I mounted a light for heat and small fan and ran the power cords out the back. I reattached the back panel to the dresser.
Thanks Sierra View Poultry for sharing your one of a kind brooder! All DIY projects have their good and bad points. I know with my own personal projects there is always something that I would change or add. Sierra View Poultry shared with me this additional info, “I don’t have this brooder anymore. It was hard to clean for the amount of chicks I was hatching so I gave it away.” That’s a point to consider if you want to invest your time and energy into a similar DIY project. If you plan on raising a few chicks a year and you have the space to store a brooder of this size, then this might be a project to undertake. Share your thoughts in a comment below or email me at RNickols@communitychickens.com with your own DIY projects!