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    thanks to Suechooks i found the thread where i posted up the plans. Hopefully it will help you out!

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    next installment - a christmas project. Build this over christmas with some new tools you have no doubt got for christmas.

    Its a purpose built free standing brooding table for all the chicks you are going to hatch in your incubators!

    Its 4' long in old money and will probably suit chicks up to around 3 weeks old depending on size and how many!

    On the upper section, the underside of panel A is designed to have the heating bulb fitted to it using a bulb holder or similar from B&Q or the like. If you decide to use a standard 250w infrared brooder lamp YOU MUST DRILL HOLES IN PANEL A otherwise it will get too hot.

    We use either red "fireglow" 60w lightbulbs, or you can use small 25 - 60w infrared bulbs that you get at reptile shops. If you go down this route, buy the bulb first before you buy the holder as some come as a screw cap and some as a bayonet and it will be sods law its the opposite to the holder you have!

    As ever, if you cant read these files properly or want them in a different format (such as PDF) just email me at contact@bramble-poultry.co.uk and i will do my best to sort you out.

    Happy Hatching...................
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    OK - another modular house, this time with a run attached. Suitable for breeding groups of bantams or a few large fowl. You can make the run as long as you like, but remember to include for a sloping roof as the design has been developed to try and beat the wet runs that we get so many of these days.

    The house is lifted 18" clear of the floor to avoid damp and rodents, so you will need to fit a ramp up to the doorway. Eggs can be collected from outside using the hinged lid to the nest box. The entire house can be cleaned by entering the run and opening the front of the house. The entire from is designed to hing open give you full access to the house floor.

    Pershing is left for you to design according to the breeds you have. Some large fowl such as Cochin etc seem to prefer to roost on the floor whereas Light Sussex love perches - so your call on that.

    The idea behind them is that you can build multiple units and line up together to create a modular breeding pen group, such as will be found at Brmable Poultry for next year - however - we wont have 5' high walk in runs as we need to keep the runs to below 3' high so they arent visible from the road and that way attract two legged predators! will make cleaning a bit more difficult, but at least they wont get stolen!

    As ever, if you want these as PDF, just email me at contact@bramble-poultry.co.uk and i will forward you the PDF file.

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    We recently bought 4 chickens and they have been allowed to run through the garden. Not really recommeded when we love our vegetable gardening! Now want to make a large pen. But how large should it be for 4 birds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegetable-gardener View Post
    We recently bought 4 chickens and they have been allowed to run through the garden. Not really recommeded when we love our vegetable gardening! Now want to make a large pen. But how large should it be for 4 birds?
    As big as you can make it! They'll trash any grass within days so if you can manage somewhere that can be divided so you can rest half at a time, that helps. It also helps stop reinfecting with parasites. If they're going to be in most of the time then you do need a decent area to give them interest especially if they're used to free ranging. Personally I wouldn't like less than 20' x 10' for 4 large fowl but others will have different opinions, and a lot depends on what space you have available. You can also give them logs, tyres, swings, hanging cabbages, hidey-holes (I use upturned dog beds and wheeelbarrows) etc which gives them interest and occupation.
    RSPCA MINIMUM recommended for commercial "free range" is 1sq metre per bird

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    Have you considered fencing off the veg patch instead? Then your chooks still get to enjoy the freedom of the garden while the veg stay safe.

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    What a good idea Sally!

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    Thanks, yes have thought about fencing off the veg garden. But hubby doesn't want to do that. As at the moment the come on the patio and poop everywhere

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