Monday, April 2, 2012

A Screened Room for the Chickens

We had family visit one day last week, and they were eagerly waiting to see the newly hatched chicks.  We had just put them on our back patio, in an old recycled pond liner.  We used it with our first chicks last year and it contained them well enough, however as they got larger, the screen which helped keep them in, as well as the shavings from their scratching, got in the way.  We needed another solution. 

Leave it to my Padre'.  Before long we were headed to the hardware store, and spent around $40.  See his creation;

Padre' loves to tinker.  Give him something to work on, and it's like he's won the lottery!  He and the Moose worked on cutting the PVC pipes to size, and randomly gluing the corners and T connectors together.  Randomly because not every intersection was glued.  This way, when not in use we can disassemble the screening and easily store it.  The screen was zip tied to the pipes/posts.  They also created a center pipe on top, and this allows us to hang the heat lamps.

The height of the unit is right around 35", and is a bit high for me to reach over.  If we were to do this again, we'd make it a bit shorter.  We also have an additional cover screen that fits over the top, so if this was relocated outside, predators would have a hard time getting access to the chicks.  We left the pond liner in place, as it helped create a wind barrier, so the chicks wouldn't catch a chill.  Like all things it's a work in progress.

We never got a chance to test this further.  If you take a look at the photo, what's missing?   The chicks, we sold out of them last night.  A former Midwesterner from South Dakota (we're from Wisconsin) bought the lot of them. He raises them and sells eggs.  It was nice to meet another local contact, and we have plans to stop by his 5 acre farm and see his operation.  You just never know what you'll learn. 

We may try a couple of other options with this screen room on the next batch of chicks, due to hatch April 14th.


  1. What a cool idea! I needed this for those baby ducks. They are so messy and they eat through the sides of the cardboard box when it gets wet which is all the time. What kind of screen did you use?

    I probably wouldn't expect it to protect the birds from roaming dogs,coyotes,or raccoons but flying predators yes.

  2. Sista, We used regular window screening. I agree it won't keep out predators, but for the occassional afternoon in the sun, should be OK. It's used mostly to keep them and their mess contained.


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