Every couple of years we add a few chickens to our flock, most of the time we just use a plastic storage bin as a brooder because we only get a couple of chickens. This time was a little different. This time we got 12 chickens and needed more room, so I needed a way to build a cheap homemade DIY chicken brooder that would stay warm, and be roomy enough as the chicks got bigger.
After doing some research I found I had 3 options. I could turn the bathtub into a temporary chicken brooder, I could spend a couple hundred dollars on a premade brooder, or I could just make one myself for less than $50.
Because I didn’t want to spend that much money on something I will rarely use, and because Lisa wanted no part of turning the bathroom into a brooder, I decided to just bite the bullet and build one.
Building Your Chicken Brooder
This brooder is 39″ X 20″ X 2’ tall, but you can take these directions and make a chicken brooder of any size that fits your needs.
First let’s start with the supplies you will need, and then we’ll get into how to put this together. I am going to link to these on eBay, but all of this is available at Home Depot as well. You might even have some of this laying around your house which will save you even more money.
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Project Difficulty: Easy [Read more…]