Brothers M. Mondays is our way of sharing our excitement about our chickens.
Our very first brooder box was thrown together with a lamp and a plastic tote for 20 guinea fowl we bought. But for the meat chickens, I needed something better and bigger. I converted a pallet crate into a brooder. I enclosed the crate on the outside with 2×4 wire fence to keep predators from breaking in. I used some scrap composite wood flooring for the floor, I was a little short so there were a couple places I filled in with scrap wood. The crate didn’t have a top or lid, so I used a regular pallet with 2×4 fence attached for the top. It wasn’t attached, but was heavy enough critters couldn’t move it.
I lined the inside with pink 1/2″ foam board insulation. On the sides I attached some scrap Formica sheets to protect the foam board from being pecked and eaten, it didn’t protect all the way to the top, but that was only a problem when I temporarily hosed a grown bird in the brooder. I had a piece of foam board that covered almost the complete top, then I sat the pallet top/lid on to of that.
An attached light to the side and a waterer and feeder and it was ready for chickens. This worked pretty good. But we quickly outgrew it, I think the max was about 30-35 birds.