A while back Husband made an amazing brooder pen. We do a hatch at home a couple of times a year so a brooder was a must have.
Once chicks have hatched we keep them in the house for about a week. We use a storage tote, lined with paper towels and a heat lamp over head. The chicks go out into the brooder pen when we have to change the paper towels more than once a day.
When we first ordered chicks we set them up in the garage in an x-pen with cardboard around the bottom. This was an OK set up but the shavings mess got everywhere.
Fortunately my Mom and Dad were doing some clean up in their yard and they gave us an old water trough. This quickly became our brooder cage. We would just put a piece of fencing over the top and the chicks would live in it in the garage.
Unfortunately as the chicks grow and do their chick habits a lot of feathery dust gets put into the air. Husband was a little unhappy that all his tools were covered in chick, feather, dust. He wanted to move them out to the back porch. I agreed but with one condition, that he build a top for the trough. I really wanted the brooder to be safe from predators. Being the handy Husband he is he set out to transform the old trough into a permanent brooder.
It turned out perfect and was ready just in time for the chicks next stage. We have used this brooder for over a year now and it works perfectly.
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