DIY Brooder

When we first decided to get chickens, we really wanted to buy them at an age where they didn’t need a brooder. But, since we could not find Dominiques older than 6 weeks anywhere, we settled on week-olds. This meant that we needed a brooder. I searched around on Pinterest and got an idea of what the chicks would need from their new home. My husband and I put the following together: a large plastic storage bin, pine shavings, a heat lamp, a mason jar waterer, a mason jar feeder, and a little DIY roost bar. We figured the plastic bin would be better than a cardboard box in regards to cleaning it out every few days and this has proved true. A Rubbermaid plastic storage bin can easily be found at a Wal-Mart or Target for roughly $10 (luckily, we had a empty one in our garage), the heating lamp came from Tractor Supply ($9.99), the mason jar waterer attachment ($2.99) and the mason jar feeder attachment ($3.99) came from Tractor Supply as well (the mason jars we had from when we made jam last summer), our DIY roost was thrown together with some scrap wood we have in the garage left over from building the coop, and I believe we got a huge bag of pine shavings from Tractor Supply ($4.99). Since then, we have had to add chicken wire to cover the top of the tub, and have also added a small piece of wood under the waterer as it helps keep pine shavings out; both items we already had. In fact, I assume extra chicken wire is something that should probably be kept on hand if you’re keeping chickens. In total, our brooder cost us under $25—no complaints here!

DIY Brooder

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DIY Brooder

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