Mobile Hatchery Project Idea

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by farmer_lew, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

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    Ok, call me crazy, but I had an idea for a "mobile" hatchery. First, you'll need a cabover camper for your truck. Next, convrt the fridge/icebox into an incubator. Up in the front, where the bed goes, you put your brooder and a grow out pen. You can sit at the table and keep your records. Maybe take the stove out and put in a file cabinet to store those records.

    I got this idea while remodeling a cabover camper we got for free on Craigslist. Planned to put it to the test, but decided to put the hatchery in the garage instead and use the camper as an extra room. But, I would like to work on this project at some point. I think it would be pretty awesome!

    The icebox would be super easy to convert to an incubator, too. A light fixture (or two), a water heater thermostat, and a computer fan, and VOILA!...incubator. Oh, a window would need to be cut into the door and sealed over with plexiglass, also easy.

    What do you guys think? Am I crazy, or what?
     
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  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Yep... you're crazy.




    But I like it! Sounds cool!
     
  3. EMAW

    EMAW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neat idea, it all sounds like it would work. I like the idea of recycling a camper shell and turning it into a self contained hatchery/brooder.

    Now I have to ask why a mobile hatchery, is there a need in your area?

    Good luck.
     
  4. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

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    Thought maybe it would be neat to use it as an educational thing. You know, go to schools to show the kids what raising chickens is all about, things like that.
     
  5. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    Well that would solve the problem of hatching while on vacation! [​IMG]
    Wonder what I could do with this? Ok, it's 8' x 40'. How many chickens can I fit in here? I could pull the doors off those bottom compartments, cover them with hardware cloth and make breeding pens. DH is gonna love this idea! Thanks. [​IMG]

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    I am just teasing you. I know a lot of people up here in Auburn have old trailers and campers on their property. Why not? BTW, tell your wife I saw the little Wellie chicks you guys passed on up at Kelly's. OMG so cute! She wouldn't give them to me!
     
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  6. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

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    My pleasure, Warden! [​IMG]
     

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