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10 DIY Chick Brooder-Keep Baby Chicks Safe And Warm

Building a DIY Chick Brooder is easier and cheaper than you might imagine. So if you are considering increasing your flock, or getting started with keeping chickens, here are ten ways you can build a homemade chicken brooder and do just that:

1- Plastic Box Chick Brooder

This diy chick brooder by fresheggsdaily is made with an opaque plastic storage container of the type that you will find in most larger stores. Hardware cloth and wood framing are affixed into a hole in the original plastic lid of the box. Dowels for mini roosts secured with small screws to the edge of the box and a non-slip rubber surface below complete your brooder.

Plastic Box Chick Brooder
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2- DIY Chick Brooder Plus Cage 

These DIY brooder plans by survivalistprepper also utilise a plastic storage container, a shallower one that is then topped with a cage around 2ft tall made from a wood frame and hardware mesh. The chicks are kept warm with a heat lamp as usual and towels over three sides of the cage keep the interior just right. The cage is separate and can be used later to introduce new chickens to old ones outside.

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3- Plastic Box Brooder Mark 2

Like the last two options, this DIY chicken brooder by littlehomesteaders also utilizes a plastic storage box with lockable lid. With these plans, two vents are made in the lid, one to allow the heat from the heat lamp for chicks to get through, the other for ventilation.

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4- Plastic Paddling Pool Chick Brooder

One enterprising chick owner used an old child’s paddling pool as a chick brooder by montanahomesteader. As the chicks grew, hardware cloth stapled onto a chair and wrapped round the circular pool made sure the chicks could not get out.

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5- Wooden DIY Chick Brooder

If you would rather not use plastic to make your chick brooder like this one by instructables then you could consider this option made from plywood, fixings, 1/4” hardware cloth and 2×4 pieces for legs.

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6- Portable Outdoors Chick Brooder

These wonderful homemade chick brooder plans by motherearthnews utilize things you are likely to have lying around. They are moveable brooder pens consisting of a covered area and more open run. These brooders can be kept warm with heat lamps for chicks and yet chicks can live more naturally right from the start, learning to scratch in the dirt and live as they should. Why keep chicks in unnatural and cramped conditions when you would never dream of doing that to adult hens?

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7- Chick Brooders in Garage Shelves

If you are short on space for chick brooding, thinking vertical could be the answer. In the link below, you can see how how to make a neat DIY chick brooder like this one by backyardchickens within metal shelving.

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8- Simple Plastic Chicken Brooder With EcoGlow Heater 

Using an EcoGlow Heater rather than a traditional heat lamp reduces worries about fires. Cover it with contact paper before placing it in your plastic container to make it easier to clean. See the instructions for this simple chicken brooder like this one by livingwellmom.

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9- Plastic Pool and Cardboard Brooder

These people made a DIY chick brooder by theeasyhomestead from an old plastic paddling pool and raised the heights of the sides with large pieces of cardboard to keep the chicks in – another low cost and practical solution.

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10- Toddler Pool Plus Lattice Brooder

Another variation on the theme of using old plastic pools as the base for a chick brooder like this one by backyardchickens is this one, which uses a chicken wire and plastic lattice around the pool to keep in the chicks.

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Plans To Choose

Whichever of these DIY chicken brooder plans you use, you can use low-cost or reclaimed materials to keep baby chicks safe and warm.

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