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Heat in an outdoor brooder

 
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Hello All

Looking for some tips on heating an outdoor brooder.

Last year I did all the brooding in the house, and it just got to be too much.  For this year I intend to build a brooder to go out in the old goat shed.  There is no permanent power at that location, and I would like to not add another extension cord to the yard, although I accept that this is the most likely solution.  I had thought about battery power, either solar charged or multiples to swap out when charging, but have determined this is unlikely to be cost effective.  Curious if anyone else broods outdoors, in a barn, or in a shed, and if so what do you do for heat?  

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I brood in my un-climate controlled, but attached to the house, garage. My neighbor broods outside on the front porch. We both use a regular 110v plug in red colored heat lamp hanging vertically of in one corner of the brooder. It works great for me and also seems to work great for my neighbor. Granted, when we brood baby chicks, we're doing it in the spring and fall, not right now in winter when we've been getting regular overnight temperatures in the teens, with wind. It still get's chilly at night in the spring like 40's or even dip into the upper 30's, but not freezing.
 
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That's pretty much the route I'll be going, unless someone has some wisdom that I have yet to come across.  I don't plan to brood until spring either, just trying to get everything ready now.  Not too much to be done up here this time of year, and in these temperatures, so I try to get as much done in the workshop as possible.  How many chicks are you usually brooding at a time?
 
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I'm only doing 6-12 at a time. My wife and I raise birds for eggs, with the added bonus of poop for the compost pile which ends up in the garden, and a little entertainment. They're funny to watch and make us smile. My neighbor on the other hand has more of a business, and he'll brood 30-40 as replacements for his laying flock, and he also does meat birds once a year, and he'll do about a 100 of those at a time.
 
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I use the chicken tractor with a small light when it’s not very  cold.
 
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