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post #11 of 18
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Made some changes and have chicks. We got 4 Rhodebar 4 Easter Eggers 4 Black Australorp 4 Golden Sexlinks 4 Delawares and 2 Rhode Island Reds.













post #12 of 18

Nice!

 

What's the ambient temp in that room?


Edited by aart - 10/24/15 at 3:19pm

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #13 of 18

I would raise it by 12 inches and put 1/4 inch hardware cloth on the bottom.  Then the poop would fall through.  A curtain in the middle to divide the heated from the unheated part may also be a good addition.  The added 12 inches of height would allow you to clean underneath.  Of course the caster wheels allow you to roll it around to clean under it

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post #14 of 18
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The temperature in the garage or brooder? 90 dagrees and 30% humidity under the heat lamp. Just guessing the garage temp around 45-50 dagrees.
Edited by BarredR - 10/24/15 at 7:37pm
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Very nice! thumbsup.gif

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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by chickengeorgeto View Post
 

I would raise it by 12 inches and put 1/4 inch hardware cloth on the bottom.  Then the poop would fall through.  A curtain in the middle to divide the heated from the unheated part may also be a good addition.  The added 12 inches of height would allow you to clean underneath.  Of course the caster wheels allow you to roll it around to clean under it

While I don't mean to sound argumentative, most people who have counted on that have been very disappointed.  Chick poo can be sticky and surprisingly large for such little critters, and it seldom falls through - it just sorta sits there and builds up.

 

Your brooder is looking great!

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by BarredR View Post

The temperature in the garage or brooder? 90 dagrees and 30% humidity under the heat lamp. Just guessing the garage temp around 45-50 dagrees.

Yeah, I meant the temp in the garage.

Sounds like a really good environment to acclimate them to the 'outside the brooder' world.

 

Temp under the light can be measured with thermometer until you get the hang of their behavior....and even later just for curiosity.

Temp at the cooler end of the brooder can be checked too.

But I'm a measurer, and insatiably curious about most things, so find it interesting.

 

But I'l think you'll find that they can spend plenty time in the cooler portion just fine and will feather out more quickly.

I try to get the heat lamp temp down as quickly as possible, after the first few days and they are all active, eating and drinking well.

Folks tend to keep them too warm, they are really tougher than we think and the cooler temps are actually healthier for them. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #18 of 18
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They are very active eating and drinking running around the brooder. They run to the light to warm themselves and gone again. They are not chirping loud and all is well.
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