Brothers M. Mondays is our way of sharing our excitement about our chickens.
I decided we should have a dedicated brooder area so I cleared out my 8’x16′ lean-to and enclosed it. I lined one long wall with 2 3’x8′ brooder boxes. The back is 3′ high and the front is 2′ high. I chose 3′ wide to make it easy to reach the birds in the back; likewise, that’s why the front is shorter. The back is higher so I can fit a 3gal waterer under the lid. Additionally, I started out needing clearance for the lights which hung from the lid.
The lid is 2×2 frames with 1/4 hardware cloth, hinged in the back so it lifts up. I use safety hooks to fasten it down so raccoons cannot unhook it. I put additional eyehooks in the roof rafters so we can use the safety hooks to hold the lid up.
I switched the lights to sit on top the lid vs hanging because the chickens kept knocking the lights and they would fail; we lost several birds one night because of that. So instead I sat the lights on top the lid, and attached the shroud to with pieces of wire. I had to cut a hole in the lid to allow the lamp to protrude through since it sticks out further than the shroud. This also comes in handy when I need to change a bulb.