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Brooder in shed outside?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
We've been planning to get chicks this spring. We don't have an inside brooder, but we have a large shack/ coop/ building that is about 7x7 or so. Our spring temperatures vary every year. One year it's 30, another it's 15! That is, Celsius of course. If we had a heat lamp in there, would that make a suitable brooder in the spring? Should we section a bit off? We already have a few chickens. They live in a coop a few feet away. We're down there a lot anyway, and we have to be down in the morning and evening for the horses and chickens anyway. So, back on topic, would the shed work as a brooder?
post #2 of 21

I always keep mine in a smaller box type brooder for the first 2 weeks,

before I put them out into a shed about that size.

140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
So a smaller area for the first little while? Would blocking off part with cardboard or wood work?
post #4 of 21

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In there to start with then into a small shed.

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140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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post #5 of 21

Yes that works as per my third photo.

140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok. Thank you! big_smile.png
post #7 of 21

I have had them in the outside shed in temps down to about 5 degrees C with no problems.

(ceramic heat lamps)

140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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140 chooks,  10 Boer goats and two dogs.

Breeding poultry for 48 years. Currently breed Araucanas, Barred Rocks (Dark, Light & White), Pekins, Silver Laced Wyandottes, 

Light Sussex, 

 

Semi-retired and living on a little farm on the edge of the Bunyip State Forest.

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post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

Helpful information! I'm excited for this spring.

post #9 of 21

It depends on how many chicks. 15-30 celcius, you only need small lamp like 40W or 60W if you have under 10 chicks. My chicks (70 of them) are a little over 2 weeks old and they are in a shed where outside temperature can get under 0 celcius with under 300w of small lamps.

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

Probably five or six chicks. (Unless the little faces get to us...)

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