Building The Best Chick Brooder and How we came up with the Design When it is time for us to start raising chicks. I will go outside and bring in a 100-gallon water trough. I load it up with wood shavings a waterer feeder and  I try to find a good way to clamp the brooder light on to it. When the chicks start getting big enough to jump out or fly out I will put a piece of screen on top of the water trough “brooder”. I have always wanted something better but I didn’t want some big monstrosity