Outdoor brooder

bigz1983

Songster
5 Years
Aug 9, 2016
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I built a small 2'x8' outdoor brooder for my broody hens but I haven't had any hens go broody this year.
Would this work for raising baby chicks in warm weather if I make sure to
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put boards /tarps around it and put a light bulb in it?
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
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Feb 2, 2009
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The big difference in my 3' x 6' brooder is that mine is in the coop so rain is not an issue. Also, how hot will it get in the sun? You don't want to cook them. Make sure the electricity is safe. If you can handle those, put the heat in one end so they can go to the far end if they need to cool off.
 

rosemarythyme

Scarborough Fair
5 Years
Jul 3, 2016
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My Coop
My Coop
If weather is warm you really don't want to tarp it up like that. I positioned mine so it was protected by the larger coop from winds, and during light rain I left it open. In heavier rain I tarped over it but never covered up any of the sides.

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bigz1983

Songster
5 Years
Aug 9, 2016
477
468
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Michigan
The big difference in my 3' x 6' brooder is that mine is in the coop so rain is not an issue. Also, how hot will it get in the sun? You don't want to cook them. Make sure the electricity is safe. If you can handle those, put the heat in one end so they can go to the far end if they need to cool off.

I moved it under a tree.
It's in the shade now.
 

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