Ready for my fall chicks with this totally customized brooder! Hubby spent countless weekends designing and building this beautiful addition to my brooder shed. The interior can be divided into two sections, both are designed for radiant heating as well as overhead low wattage supplemental heat lamps. The plexiglass front allows the chicks to actually see the world before they’re moved into the grow pen.
• Brooder has six conveniently placed power outlets and cord stays.
• Plenty of storage below for all those bulky supplies.
• Digital wireless temperature read-out from brooder to our home.
• Floor of brooder is easy to clean linoleum tiles.
• Top lifts for easy access on both sections and both are self-soft closing.
• Brooder box is high so it’s easy on the back for cleaning.
When raising chickens, discovering what works and what doesn’t is dictated entirely by individual circumstance. Chicken keepers have to consider space limitations, climate, purpose, and convenience. Most of us learn by trial and error, but the way I see it, that’s half the fun of raising chickens!
Here’s our set-up in the desert southwest. Suitable for mild winters, and temperatures reaching 115+ in summer.
Feed Room & Supplies
Coop improvements are never ending aren’t they? One little change always seems to lead to another. Maybe this time I had a little something to do with that. I ordered a ridiculous amount of chicks this fall and although I have enough space to accommodate the numbers, the nest box situation came up short.
I must have complained enough to my husband about this self inflicted problem, and just look at what he built for me! What a guy!
Anything new of substantial of size in the hen house means some serious rearranging of everything inside. Needless to say, I’ve spent the last few days in a chicken coop. But it was so worth it!
Do I dare mention to hubby that my grow pens are full and I’m expecting a bunch of Mille Fluers in a few weeks?
Raising chicks in a box somewhere in the house is not a very pleasant experience, at least after the first two weeks. Chicks are messy, and smelly if not constantly cleaned up after. This is difficult without a proper set-up. Without the right tools for any job means working twice as hard, and raising chicks is no exception.
Caring and housing chicks shouldn’t feel like a chore. The planing, building, and improving your set-up is half the fun. Just like anything else, once a hobby becomes a job it’s just not fun anymore.
After years of looking for an easier way to raise chicks on a budget, this is what I came up with.
I had an 8×10 bare bones shed built with one window, two air flow vents, and a double door. Then the finishing was up to me, it took probably close to two years to afford everything.
Today it has painted walls, a tile floor, electric, and a custom made brooder to accommodate 50 chicks comfortably. All my supplies are handy, and any mess sweeps right out the door. I actually enjoy spending time in my brooder shed. My cute chicks, a window fan, soft music, and a cup of coffee. That my friends is how to enjoy your birds!
I can sure appreciate the dedication and effort involved to create this coop from scratch. It’s lovely, creative, and more than suitable to accommodate chickens. Keeping chickens for many is a hobby, it should be just as fun watching them as it is caring for them. This is where the coop plays such an important role in chicken keeping. It needs to be a place you want to be too!
Putting your individual signature on a coop will turn the ordinary into a unique image of your personality. New isn’t always better, a coop just needs to be functional, style comes from the touch of caring hands and love.
Here’s an example of how much fun it can be to design a chicken coop. I found it on Backyard Chickens.
Very Low Cost But Tons of Work: Recycled Coop | by Nardo
Not sure about the “low cost” of this DIY coop, but use your imagination… we can all find scrap materials that would add a little dazzle to our chicken coops! I like the plants inside, nice touch!