Backyard chickens are one of my favorite pleasures on the homestead. We built a coop for our hens (check out our post on “How to Build a Chicken Coop Like a Boss”) but we didn’t have a good brooder for the baby chicks. So this became a great DIY and family project. This post on “How to Make a Chicken Brooder without Spending a Dime” explains how we turned an old dresser into a home for our baby chicks!
We looked at numerous brooder ideas online but did not want to spend a ton of money since this was a temporary home for the chicks. Backyardchickens.com has a great article about different types of brooders.
After researching different types of brooders we decided to re-purpose an old dresser that we had picked up at the local trash collection center (Yes, the trash collection center). Someone was dropping off the dresser and my husband asked if we could have it before it was thrown away.
We knew the dresser would be the perfect space for our four baby chicks and could be reused for future chicks.
Instructions – How to Make a Chicken Brooder without Spending a DimeWe started the project by removing the top three drawers of the dresser. Next, we took the bottom out of one of the unused drawers and used it to create a “floor” for the brooder (above the bottom drawer). It laid perfectly within the area and we nailed it in place and the runners from the drawer.
We used some scrap hardware cloth over the openings and stapled it to the dresser. My husband had some leftover wood from a previous project so he framed a small door with a latch and we affixed the door to the dresser using some old hinges.
We drilled a small hole, big enough for the heat lamp plug, and fished it through the back of the brooder.
We added some pine shavings, water and feed. The brooder was ready for the chicks! We also added some pull up curtains to the front of the brooder to keep drafts out of the brooder. The curtains are adjustable in order to better control the temperature.
I love the way the brooder turned out and it works perfectly for our little ladies! Our puppies even loved the open view of the chicks!
If you are interested in raising backyard chickens, check out “The Complete and Easy Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens in 7 Steps” This is a great article for beginners!