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In-Coop Brooder

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I tried searching, but having brooder brings up a LOT of results! 

 

We're making a hoop coop/run. I REALLY want to have a section of the coop be a brooder since I would like to have some hatched chicks in the future. Anyone care to share their *in* coop brooders? Or, if there's already a thread of them, can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks! 

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How about this one?  You'll have to scroll down a bit, but there are some shots of the one I have in my hoop run!

 

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

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How about this one?  You'll have to scroll down a bit, but there are some shots of the one I have in my hoop run!

 

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

 

I remember looking at yours and thinking "I have puppy pens!" We have two actually (I did pit bull rescue back in the day) and one's taller than the other. I've considered doing a wood top and using the pen for the walls but I can't totally figure out how to do that effectively with the hoop coop and still give them roosting space AND access to the nest boxes. I'm considering some sort of "stand-alone" roost so I can put the brooder box on the back wall. There will still be the top though, that may turn into a poop fest since we're planning on putting the nest boxes "through" the back wall, so we can more easily access the eggs from outside the coop. 

 

I hope that makes sense lol. My goal with the in coop brooder is to be able to do the MHP should I want chicks and not have a momma for them. :) 

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Necessity is the mother of invention, or so I've been told!  You'll get this figured out.  Some photos of what you have planned or what your current set-up is now would help folks visualize what you are saying a little better.

 

We draped green plastic fencing from the top of the run partway down the brooder pen, sort of like a short, ventilated shower curtain.  It's attached at the top of the cattle panels with zip ties. The side I need to access, the people door into the brooder pen, is held in place with a bungee cord stretched between the front of the run and the side of the brooder, which kinda holds it down.  All I have to do to get in is release one side of the bungee.  I have photos of that  if you think it would help, but it sounds more like you are still in the planning stages of the entire setup, rather than working with an existing setup.  I didn't want to put boards over the top because I'm old, a little bit disabled, and crouching to work in there with the chicks would be too hard for me to do.

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Necessity is the mother of invention, or so I've been told!  You'll get this figured out.  Some photos of what you have planned or what your current set-up is now would help folks visualize what you are saying a little better.

 

We draped green plastic fencing from the top of the run partway down the brooder pen, sort of like a short, ventilated shower curtain.  It's attached at the top of the cattle panels with zip ties. The side I need to access, the people door into the brooder pen, is held in place with a bungee cord stretched between the front of the run and the side of the brooder, which kinda holds it down.  All I have to do to get in is release one side of the bungee.  I have photos of that  if you think it would help, but it sounds more like you are still in the planning stages of the entire setup, rather than working with an existing setup.  I didn't want to put boards over the top because I'm old, a little bit disabled, and crouching to work in there with the chicks would be too hard for me to do.

 

Yeah, our coop is still in the open hoop stage lol. Husband hasn't had a chance to get back at it. Personally, I think he's struggling a bit with out to make the back wall fit on the coop (plywood). Once that wall and the roof gets put on (we're doing metal, but it won't be closed in so it'll be like a coop/run combo), I'll be able to share a photo to make more sense. I hope! LOL 

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