A little of this, a little of that. Some leftover lumber from various projects. A box of bright nails from my beekeeping days. My dandy little Tomboy hammer. Measuring twelve times come Tuesday and then measuring once more.
Voila! Brooder Condo~! Plus, when it's not a brooder, it will store the bins that store the brooder (and chicken related) supplies. And I only hit my finger once.
Another reason I am NOT missing my dryer. My house is small, so I need all the storage space I can get. These bins will contain garden stuff (row cloth, garden gloves, tools, fertilizers, etc.) and all my brooder supplies when they're not being put into service as a brooder. I tend to use tubs as they are light, easy to clean and the sides are high enough (at least at the beginning) to keep everyone corralled. I use those old-fashioned adjustable screens across the top, and put the brooder lights on that - it's close enough to keep them warm and I downscale the light as they get older. (100 watt/60 watt/40 watt). Then out they go into the preteen coop. There, they are gradually introduced (via a screen door) to their future flockmates. By the time they are old enough to be added into the main flock, they are used to seeing each other and there has been no rough stuff - other than the obligatory peck on the head to let them know where they fall on the pecking order. So far, so good.