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Originally Posted by azygous View Post

That puppy playpen looks very inviting. I'd be tempted to give it a try.



 



But beginning last year, I now brood only outdoors in the run itself, keeping all the dust and dander out of my home. My chicks never really spend any time in a "brooder". They are heated with a heating pad system similar to the Eco-glo.



 



If you can get your son to build the tractor right away with a nice indoor sleeping area, why not just plan on brooding outside in your new tractor? There are more advantages to count. One would be the chicks are already living in their home and no transition move is necessary which is very stressful. The mess is confined to outdoors. The chicks become naturally hardened to the cold and no acclimatization is necessary, they have the natural soil pathogens under their little feet to help establish immunities against many pathogens. They will be acquainted with the outdoors early on and won't be afraid like indoor chicks when turned loose many weeks later. And so on. Brooding outdoors beats indoor brooding hands down.


 



I totally agree with the outdoors being ideal. I do not any electrical outlets where my coops are located so the tractor would need to be close to the house. Still potentially doable.

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~~"To a man who keeps hens, all poultry lore is exciting and endlessly fascinating."~~ EB White

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 Faverolles

My avatar is from this article: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/owl-raises-chicks-at-german-zoo-a-829641.html

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