Build Chicken Coops and Poultry Brooders
No poultry topic seems to attract as much interest as housing -- chicken coops. No topic is more important than chick brooders. So I'll get you started on both topics.
There was a saying in the old days, "The best chicks come out of the sorriest houses." This is because farmers have a tendency to button up the houses too tight, leaving them under-ventilated. You want ventilation, but not because the house is coming apart at the seams.
Chicken housing can be cheap or expensive. If you're interested in gracious country living, then by all means build a chicken mansion, if that's what you like. My goal, though, is to have chicken coops that last forever but can be built very quickly. I have a lot of them. Any chicken house looks pretty good if it's off in a nice green pasture.
Chicken coops are a traditional first project for people who don't know anything about carpentry, so if you don't know anything what you're doing, poultry housing is the place to start.
Cattle Panel Hoop Coop
Click here to find out more about turkey and chicken coops made of inexpensive, lightweight cattle panels. This housing style was invented by my wife, Karen Black, and has been adopted everywhere.
Read this article on chicken coops that I wrote for ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas). It talks about all kinds of chicken coops, including "chicken tractors" (portable pasture pens).
Baby Chick Brooders
Insulated Pasture Hovers
Click hereto read about our new unheated pasture hover that uses the chicks' own body heat to keep them warm. This allows chicks to be moved to unheated houses earlier. This is an old idea, but I invented the version that uses reflective bubble insulation, which is easy to use and very lightweight.
Infrared Lamp Brooder
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