NEW: Chick Brooder Cages

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Wire cage chick brooder.I’m gonna miss hearing the “cheep, cheep, cheep. . . “ of baby chicks this spring. Our current backyard flock is still healthy and laying strong, so it could be another couple years before we get to raise another batch of chicks.

I’ll be ready for them, anyway.

The first time we raised chicks, we rigged up a large cardboard contraption as their brooder and kept them in the garage. It did the trick, and as new chicken owners we had a lot of excess energy to put into making it work. Daily cleanup was a process, and the final cleanup (dust everywhere) was even more involved. 

This last go-round, we brooded them outside in the hen house of The Garden Ark, then graduated them to The Garden Coop hen house. That worked out really well, since keeping them outside also kept the dust outside.

But next time, the coops may still be occupied, so we’re gonna start them in one of these wire cage brooders that we now offer at TheGardenCoop.com. Take a look.

How do you brood your backyard chicks? What’s worked and not worked for you? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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2 Responses to “NEW: Chick Brooder Cages”

  1. Andrea Manfredo says:

    Found some large topless plywood boxes behind a shop in my area. They are 32x39x 36. They were happy to have me pick them up. I’m sure with a little modification I can make acouple of chicken brooders out of them. May even sell one of them to recoup (pun intended) some of the cost. I will use a homemade waterer using the pkg of nipple waterers I purchached from you. Will send pics when they are finished.

  2. Susan Hayes says:

    Great set-up! We used a dog crate in the past (lined with cardboard to keep the shavings, etc. from falling out the sides). This year we’re moving up to large, 100-gallon galvanized stock tanks that we can re-purpose as livestock water troughs down the road.

    I think cleaning is going to be a lot more difficult, but I’m glad to have solid sides to keep the mess somewhat contained.

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