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How do people set up their outdoor brooders? I've always raised them inside, but I wanted to start doing it outside.
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Here's a great article for you to read...I could tell you all of this...but it's already been said!  :thumbsup

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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I brood mine in a shed, actually used to be a milkhouse. Any building will do, but brooding in the correct time of the year is the most important thing. I have a wooden box, use a heat lamp, and because it's already warming up when I get my chicks they spend most days outside in a temporary wire pen on clean dry grass. I get them moved into their coop and integrated by 6-10 weeks, and in another week or two they are out running with the big ones.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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My run is partitioned into pens that I can close off at will. This past year, I brooded two batches of baby chicks right outdoors in my covered run, using the heating pad system. That's what that blue "box" is. It supports the heating pad.

 

The chicks grew up in full view of the flock who accepted the chicks as members of the flock, making it a breeze to integrate them.

 

At age three weeks, I opened the 5 x 7 inch portals so the chicks could access the entire run at that point, but still retaining their safe pen to scoot back into when the going got too rough. But there was surprisingly little attempt at bullying by the older members of the flock. They were all moved into the coop and roosting with the adults at age five weeks.

 

The first batch of chicks arrived on May 13. The second batch arrived in July. While the second batch enjoyed summer temps, the first batch had to cope with 30 degree nights and 40 degree days. They all did splendidly. I will never brood indoors again.

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I like that heating pad method. One problem is I don't have electric in the back where the animals are. I'd need to set it up by the house where I have access to electricity. Unless a small solar panel could power a heating pad? We're in Georgia so it doesn't get too cold most of the time.
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My run is partitioned into pens that I can close off at will. This past year, I brooded two batches of baby chicks right outdoors in my covered run, using the heating pad system. That's what that blue "box" is. It supports the heating pad.

 

The chicks grew up in full view of the flock who accepted the chicks as members of the flock, making it a breeze to integrate them.

 

At age three weeks, I opened the 5 x 7 inch portals so the chicks could access the entire run at that point, but still retaining their safe pen to scoot back into when the going got too rough. But there was surprisingly little attempt at bullying by the older members of the flock. They were all moved into the coop and roosting with the adults at age five weeks.

 

The first batch of chicks arrived on May 13. The second batch arrived in July. While the second batch enjoyed summer temps, the first batch had to cope with 30 degree nights and 40 degree days. They all did splendidly. I will never brood indoors again.

Love your set up!  Nicely done!

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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