We ordered 25 cornish cross chickens to raise for meat. Since we haven’t done much work on the upstairs yet, we built a brooder we could use in the house and then move outdoors later. We made the brooder almost completely from scraps, but it would be cheap and easy to buy the supplies.
You can add support on the inside of the box to secure the base if needed. (We added some 2×2 braces just in case). To finish off the brooder we built a cover out of 2x2s and chicken wire. We also put a 1×6 support down the center to staple the wire where we had a seam.
We put them into their new, cozy brooder and dipped their beaks into the water to get them started.
We are learning as we go, but everything has gone well so far. The chicks are darting around and chowing down food. We will definitely keep you updated on our new adventure! Thanks for reading!