How to Build a Brooder Box Perch for Chicks
Giving your brooder chicks the opportunity to roost will give them a head start for life in the chicken coop. This is a guide about how to build a brooder box perch for chicks
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Starting around week 5 we noticed that our girls were trying to roost on anything and everything that was available. We wanted to give them the opportunity to practice their roosting skills prior to moving them into their coop, so here is what we came up with using scrap lumber.
- 1 x 2 piece of pine lumber
- 4 x 4 piece of pine lumber
- 2 x 4 piece of pine lumber, optional for feeder stand
- Measure the space you have for a perch. Keep in mind that if the perch is too close to the food and water, it will just give them more opportunities to poop in it.
- Cut two piece of the 4 x 4, approximately 4 in. cubes. Then cut a length of the 1 x 2 long enough for the perch space. Now screw the perch onto the 4 x 4 blocks. Test fit the perch in your brooder box.
- Feeder Stand: Cut two pieces of 4 x 4, approximately 8 in. long. Then cut two lengths of 2 x 4, long enough for the space in your brooder box. Set the 2 x 4 pieces onto the 4 x 4 pieces. We did not screw our stand together, however you can if you want. NOTE: As they get bigger it is really helpful to get the food and water up off the bottom to reduce contamination.
- Fill your brooder box up with clean bedding and put your perch (and feeder stand) inside.
- At night, if the chicks are not on the perch you can begin to teach them to sleep on the perch by moving them onto it while they are asleep. Just steady them until they grab hold with their feet.
July 6, 20130 found this helpful
That is a really nice set up!