If you know how to wire light fittings it’s a breeze, if not, get a professional Electrician to do the job. In fact, even if you think you can do the electrical work yourself, get it checked by an Electrician. Stay safe.
- Two 8ft lengths of 12″ x 1″ pine – Sides, ends and top
- One 8ft length of 2″ x 2″ pine – Legs
- Two Ceiling Light Holders ( I used 3, it only needs 2 )
- Two 1½” Standard Wiring Boxes
- Electrical Wire and Power Cord with Plug
I decided to make my brooder 3ft x 2ft. From what I’ve read it will accommodate up to 75 chicks. I had 51 White Rock broiler chicks on order, so that size would be perfect. Why 51? Well, the price per chick drops 50 cents when I ordered over 50.
The sides need to be 4 inches off the floor, so the four legs were cut to 15¼” long. That is 4 inches longer than the width of the pine board (11¼”). That’s correct, a 12″ board is actually 11¼” wide. What a rip-off!
- Four 2×2 legs – 15¼” each
- Two Sides/End Pieces – 21″ long
- Two Long Sides – 36″ long
- Two Top Pieces – 36″ long
For a brooder this size, you only need two lights, one at each end. I put three on mine because, well I’m an idiot.
Top on and ready to go.