Brooder Set-up Ideas to Simplify Raising Chicks

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.

Brooder Shed 92215

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!

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Clever Idea… MINE!

Not only for the safety of little thirsty critters, I’d really rather not have to deal with picking dead animals out of water buckets at 5AM in the morning.¬† Here’s the brainstorm I came up with to end this dilemma once and for all.

Problem

Water is scarce in the desert and I don’t like wasting this precious and costly resource. I re-use water from the horse troughs for the birds and small wildlife that visit our ranch. Even condensation from the AC unit is caught in a bucket for watering plants. But this practice can be a death trap for birds and small wildlife who fall in and drown. Just in the last week I found a Prairie Dog and two birds dead in buckets of collected water.

Solution

Bucket Grate 2
Flat back bucket & paint can grate

It’s called a paint can grate, I found it at Home Depot where the rollers and paint brushes are. It hangs nicely on the side of a flat back bucket and provides a perfectly suitable ladder.