|Makeshift brooder from Charity at Chicken Moon Farm|
Extremely large boxes are rare, but fairly big ones are often readily available. The basic process to make a large brooder from a huge box is easy--just set it up! And if we could do that, I'd be delighted to just need to cut down the sides a bit for ease of care. But what's more likely is that we'll get several fairly large boxes, and go from there. Here's what I did last time. 1) gathered supplies--the biggest boxes I had, tape, box cutter. 2) took the first box and cut down two corners so that one wall fell down, still connected at the base, and became a floor piece for the next box. 3) did this a few times with a few boxes, until I had the size I needed. I used three boxes, so on the middle box I cut down TWO of the side walls, on opposite sides of the box, allowing it to be the middle "car" in the box train. Again the two side walls then laid flat and became a part of the floor for the brooder.
Do you have a large empty cardboard box at home, perhaps in the garage, waiting for recycling? Or perhaps you know someone who just got a new TV or refrigerator? If so, we can gather those supplies and a BUNCH of duct tape and a sturdy dowel, as shown, and create a safe and roomy home for the classroom chicks. If your child is in the Elementary classroom, please let his or her teacher know you have a box or would like to help put together the brooder--or comment here. I plan to be at the Montessori school this weekend working on this project, so just let me know if you can help out.