Made a "warming hut" for my outside chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HenHaven, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. HenHaven

    HenHaven Songster

    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    My chicks were started inside in a brooder in my office. The chicken dust was starting to cause some allergy problems for me, so I came up with something that allowed me to get them outside into the coop.

    The chicks are 2 1/2 weeks old so they need to have a place that will warm them up to about 80-85 degrees. I know they can take lower temps in short spurts if they are active (like if they were with mom). So I came up with the warming hut. They run around in their section of the coop, then go in the hut to warm up. They got the hang of it right away, and the first night, they went right in and so far it is working great.

    I do have to raise and lower the lamp, but that's not a problem in my situation. Our weather has, fortunately, been pretty stable with lows around 40-42 degrees. This is my third year raising chicks, and this is almost as easy as having a broody raise them!

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    Last edited: Mar 24, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    That was an excellent idea, Lynn! Watching Sunny raise her babies and to see them running around in 50* weather at three days old told me alot. Good job!
  3. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    That is a great idea! What a great little brooding area.
  4. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Great idea!
  5. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    thats sure a nice looking setup you have to keep the chicks warm.
  6. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Thats great! I might build a few of these to get my chicks out and about a little sooner.
  7. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Smart Hen Haven! Great idea. [​IMG] Thanks. This will definitely come in handy.
  8. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    How clever! I posted today on another thread that I haven't raised chicks yet because I can't keep them in the house for long. Mind if I steal your idea as a solution to my dilemma? [​IMG]
  9. HenHaven

    HenHaven Songster

    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    You are more than welcome to the idea! There would be many ways to tweak this system, to suit individual needs.

    They are so much happier with more space to run in. We have been lucky to have days in the high 60's to low 70's lately, so they are spending almost all day running around outside the hut. But I see in the forecast that we are going to get rain next weekend.
  10. MiaPia

    MiaPia In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    What a smart idea! I think I'm going to steal it too!

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