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Where to keep the Brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenGirl3, May 7, 2011.

  1. ChickenGirl3

    ChickenGirl3 Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    I was wondering if I could keep the chick brooder in the bigger chicken coop. I will have a cover on the brooder so the bigger hens will not peck them. [​IMG]

    Thanks [​IMG]

  2. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    I don't see why not. Should be fine.
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Just be careful... Bedding can easily catch flame.
  4. ChickenGirl3

    ChickenGirl3 Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    Thanks you guys! XD
  5. epeloquin

    epeloquin Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    I would just be concerned about keeping a close eye on the chicks. I closely monitor my chicks. I like to keep the poop out of their water and feed, keep up with cleaning out poo from the pine shavings, making sure they are not too cold/hot. Plus we really like spending time with the chicks and they are really getting to like being with us.

    Just a thought.
  6. ChickenGirl3

    ChickenGirl3 Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    OK thanks XD
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    You will find that we are all different, with different goals and set-ups. Many of us would never dream of brooding in the house, but others would not do it any other way. I like staying married so, considering the dust, I will only brood in the coop.

    I put my brooder in the coop from Day 1. It is a 3' x 5' so it is reasonably large. I keep one area in the correct temperature range but let the far corners cool down, often 20 to 30 degrees cooler. I find the chicks usually spend most of the first two days in the heated area, but by the third day they are playing all over the brooder. They come back to the heat when they need to warm up, which is not really all that often, and they normally sleep in the heated area. This way, I do not have to worry about keeping the entire brooder the right temperature, but let them find their own comfort zone.

    The biggest problem I find brooding in the coop is arranging the heat when I have adult chickens present. I built sort of a chimney thing to hang the heat lamp through and allow me to raise and lower it a fair amount, but I have limits on how high I can raise it. It does protect it from the adult chickens. This results in the heated zone being warmer than it needs to be during the latter part of brooding, but they have plenty of room to get away from the heat so they do fine.

    I do worry about heat lamps and fire. Be sure it cannot fall. Throw that clamp away so you are not tempted to rely on it and use wire, chain, something secure, to hang it with so it cannot possibly fall if you use a heat lamp.

  8. LilyD

    LilyD Songster

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    I started my brooder in my coop as well and I wouldn't have it any other way. I think it will make the babies more used to the coop when they are ready to be loose on the world as well. They are already looking to explore more.

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