Here is a easy DIY brooder that you can put together in about a hour out of 2×4’s. The farmers union got their first shipment of spring birds 2 weeks ago, and once again, they had a bunch left over that no one had picked up.
I asked what was going to happen to them all, don’t worry they said, they will be sold
So I had to pick up some feed on Sunday, same thing, birds all over in the back room
I mentioned I might be interested in taking some, they said well you better get them today, we have been selling a bunch all weekend, we will probably be out, I said don’t worry about it, I was just trying to help find the birds a home, if others want them, they can have them.
Well today was the deadline for the june shipment, and I stopped in to fill out the order slip, sure enough I heard chirping from the back room, you still have birds left? I asked.
Yep, some roosters, some turkeys, a few other odds and ends they said.
Well I was thinking of getting turkeys anyways, so I figured this was a no brainer, the birds were already a couple weeks old, the chances of them surviving was greater and they were starting to feather some.
So they didn’t have any meat birds left so I ordered 20 cornish cross that will be delivered next month.
So I was walking out to the cashier when I heard this quacking sound, what is that I asked?
Well we have 3 mallards left.
So I picked up 3 mallards and 4 turkeys, now I had to build a pen for them, cause I couldn’t house them in the kennel together.
So I cut some 27 inch 2×4’s
and made a base with some 8 foot boards
I screwed in some corner pieces
and screwed in a center piece to divide up the box
I made another base
and flipped over the first piece and screwed it all together
I flipped it back over and screwed in another cross piece and some divider supports
I wrapped the whole thing in chicken wire and folded it over so when they get a little bigger, they aren’t hopping out
I decided to stick it in a corner of the barn
I wrapped it in plastic to keep the wind out
and put some shavings in each side
I found this feeder at the farmers union, you use a mason jar, I thought it was pretty slick
and I set the new additions into their new home
my daughter has taken to the turkeys
I put some plastic across the divider to keep them separated more
This will be interesting!