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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by traildad, Sep 12, 2011.
I have an in coop brooder. I do however keep the babies in my basement for a week or so just so I can keep an eye on them. I live on a farm and my coop is 14x20 separated into pens. I have a large 7x14 area for the layers, BR's and the other side is divided into 4 pens and a wide aisle. In one of the pens I have a brooder, 18 inches wide and 5 ft long. It's divided into 2 separate areas. I also have the option of adding 2 additional brooders to the bottom of it later as it is about 4 ft high. I like the idea that is within the coop, within a pen and then self contained. Just feels safe for the babies. Hope this helps. BTW, the pen that its in is 4x6.5
Hi, I was forced into building a temporary brooder in our coop due to Grandson hatching some egg in Atlanta and suprising us with some chicks before we were really ready. So.....what I did was just screw together 3 pieces of scrap osb I had next to the coop wall, built a simple 2" x2" frame for roof, covered it with hardware cloth and hinged it in place. when the chicks were old enough to co mingle, I just disassembled it. I kept the roof part to use in future brooder. The pics below are of the temp. brooder in the coop and the new one I built a few days ago, reusing the roof I had built previously. Good luck.
Yes, that does sound reasonable. I have a brooder inside the coop and I love it. It's so convenient.
We put our brooder in the "teenagers" side of the split coop. So much easier to keep my eyes on them all. I kept them in the mudroom for the first 2 weeks them moved them out with the teenagers. The brooder is 2 feet off the ground and is about 4 feet long by 18" wide.