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Brooder in shed outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenGirl 19, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. ChickenGirl 19

    ChickenGirl 19 Out Of The Brooder

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    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?
     
  2. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  3. ChickenGirl 19

    ChickenGirl 19 Out Of The Brooder

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    So a smaller area for the first little while? Would blocking off part with cardboard or wood work?
     
  4. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In there to start with then into a small shed.
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  5. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes that works as per my third photo.
     
  6. ChickenGirl 19

    ChickenGirl 19 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. Thank you! :D
     
  7. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had them in the outside shed in temps down to about 5 degrees C with no problems.
    (ceramic heat lamps)
     
  8. ChickenGirl 19

    ChickenGirl 19 Out Of The Brooder

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    Helpful information! I'm excited for this spring.
     
  9. Quyen Le

    Quyen Le Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  10. ChickenGirl 19

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

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