Why would you need to build a chick brooder?
So, you already know how to incubate and hatch your own chicks. You know how to set up their inital early stage brooder. However, if you have more than just a few little chicks to brood, or if they are getting older, but not quite ready for the coop (and you want them out of the house) then these chick brooder plans are for you!
We have an easy guide to build a nice and sturdy chicken brooder perfect for your feathered (or almost feathered) friends.
Before starting you will want to measure the area in which you want to put the chicken brooder. You are, of course, free to make any modifications you like so that your brooder will fit comfortably wherever you choose to put it. This set of chick brooder plans will make a chicken brooder that is 3′ tall (1′ off the ground + 2′ brooder height), 2′ in depth, and 3′ wide.
Now, on to the instructions…
Chicken brooder building supplies:
4 – 3′ 1×4’s (width)
4 – 3′ 1×4’s (height)
4 – 2′ 1×4’s (depth)
2 – 3′ 1×2’s for lid (width)
2 – 2′ 2″ 1×2’s for lid (depth)
2 – 2×3 sheets of plywood or 0.375-in treated/untreated wood siding panel(front/back walls)
2 – 2×2 sheets of plywood or 0.375-in treated/untreated wood siding panel (side walls)
3 – 2′ 2″ 1×2’s (support for bottom and lid)
1 Pack of 2 cabinet hinges
1 drawer handle
1? Torx screws
2 – 2′ 2″x3′ sheets of Galvanized Steel Hardware Cloth
1 1/2″ fencing staples
Drill or Screwdriver
Rubber Mallet (optional)
Chick Brooder Plans – How to Build a Chicken brooder Step-by-Step:
1.) Build the Frame
– First, measure 12″ up on each of the 3′ 1×4’s (height) and make a mark with a pencil. This 12″ section is the lower part of the brooder leg.
– Line the end of one 2′ 1×4 (depth) perpendicularly with the mark you just made on the 3′ 1×4 (height) so they are flush. Screw these together. Repeat this with another 3′ 1×4 (height). You should have 3 pieces connected to form an ‘H’.
– Connect a second 2′ 1×4 (depth) to close off the top of the ‘H’ you just made. This should form an ‘A’.
– Repeat the above to steps to complete construction of the brooder’s sides.
– Use a level to make sure each side is straight and does not wobble.
– Take a 3′ (width) piece and line it flush with the lower section of the side piece where the height and depth pieces connect. Screw them together. Repeat this with the other side piece. This should again form an ‘H’.
– Connect a second 3′ (width) piece to close off the top of the ‘H’ to form an ‘A’.
– You will now have 3/4’s of a box complete. Flip the box over and use your remaining 3′ (width) 1×4’s to complete the frame.
– Flip your finished frame upright and make sure it is level.
2.) Close the Sides and bottom
– With your frame lying down, line your 2×3 sheets of plywood or 0.375″ treated/untreated wood siding panel with the front opening of your frame. Screw this in place.
– Flip the frame over and repeat for the back.
– The side 2×2 sheets of plywood or 0.375″ treated/untreated wood siding panel may fit a bit snugly. If they will not fit easily into place you may need a rubber mallet to tap them into the proper position. Once they are in place, screw them down.
– Turn the frame upside down and stretch a 2×3 sheet of Galvanized Steel Hardware Cloth across the bottom. You may need to use the wire cutters on each corner to make the sheet fit around the leg of the frame. Secure the sheet with 1 1/2″ fencing staples.
– Finally, with the brooder still upside down, measure 12″ in from each side and attach a 2′ 2″ 1×2’s support for bottom at each spot. You can use zip ties to secure the hardware cloth to the supports.
3.) Build and Attach the Lid
– Line one end of a 2′ 2″ 1×2 with the end of one 3′ 1×2 and screw them together; forming an ‘L’ shape.
– Repeat the above step so that you have two ‘L’ shaped piece.
– Connect the ‘L’ pieces together to form a box.
– Take the final 2′ 2″ 1×2 and secure it in the center of the lid. It should look like a long rectangle containing two square sections or a sideways 8.
– Stretch a 2×3 sheet of Galvanized Steel Hardware Cloth across the lid and secure it with more fencing staples.
– Place the lid on top of your brooder and make sure everything lines up as it should.
– Measure in 12″ from each side of the lid and attach a cabinet hinge to each position.
– Finally, attach the drawer handle to the front of the brooder lid.
These chick brooder plans should not take too much time to complete and your new brooder will keep your fast growing chicks safe and secure!
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