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Homemade brood coop plans

Diy brood box animationWe tried incubating some eggs with an incubator a couple of winters back and didn't have any to make it because the outside temperature was fluctuating too much. has a nice set of free plans to make your own brood box for the typical Styrofoam incubator.

If I didn't have the Cochin hen to do most of the mothering work I'd be building one of these to get ready for operation brood.

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That brooder link no longer works. Have you seen any other good examples?
Comment by Darren (Green Change) Thu Mar 4 19:59:17 2010

Drat --- darned internet. :-) Actually, I found an intriguing one in an old issue of Mother Earth News while researching this week. It's in essence an outdoors brooder combined with a mini tractor, to get the chicks used to foraging from an early age. Of course, you'd have to wait until mid spring so that the outdoors brooder stayed warm enough, but it's worth a shot:

Comment by anna Fri Mar 5 07:39:00 2010
That new brooder link does look cool! I'll definitely bookmark that one for future reference.
Comment by Darren (Green Change) Tue Mar 23 17:33:37 2010

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