Look what I found!


Digging around in the barn for something I decided to see what was in the loft and lo & behold look what I found!

What is this thingy?

What is this thingy?

It's a brooder!

It’s a brooder!

And it works!!

And it works!!

I had been using my Sweety, Karen’s, bird hospital cubicles as both hatcher and brooder. This practice had led me to rush my chicks into the juvenile pen after 2 or 3 weeks in order to avoid complaints about the odor. Now I can set up this brooder in the office of the new house for this season and then find it a permanent location when we move up the hill. I do need to figure out exactly how to set it up properly, temperature I get but this has a curtain that I ain’t quite sure what purpose it serves.

Two dozen eggs in the incubator.

Two dozen eggs in the incubator.

This find couldn’t have come at a better time. The half dozen eggs in the second row up from the bottom go into lockdown this friday, the next half dozen just above go into lockdown 3 days later, and finally the outer two rows go in a 4 days later. Hopefully within the next 2 weeks I’ll have a brooder full of fluffy butts and an empty incubator ready for the Cream Legbar’s and Basque hatching eggs Karen is teasing me with AGAIN.

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9 thoughts on “Look what I found!

  1. You have so much space and so many things that you could actually own a brooder and not know it? I’m amazed, impressed and horrified all at once.

    Congrats on the timely find.

    • Max says:

      The barn is on the first half acre we bought from my wife’s Uncle Royce’s estate about 5 years ago, that is where my orchard/chickens/garden is. We never cleaned out the barn, just fixed up the house so our granddaughter, Alexa, and her family could live there. Royce was quite a unique man and we stumble across treasures every once in a while.

  2. artsifrtsy says:

    That barn is a treasure trove 😄

  3. What a find! So much history for so many chicks.

  4. tbnranch says:

    Oh man! I’m totally jealous! What a great find!!!! Happy for you, 🙂

    • Max says:

      It was discovered at the perfect time too. I have 6 eggs in the hatcher that are due tomorrow, another half dozen that go in Tuesday and a full dozen that are due a week for Monday. Tomorrow the brooder is going to get a thorough cleaning and set-up. I still don’t know what the curtain is for or what kind of light bulb to put in it, but Brower said they sent me an instruction manual.

  5. patsquared2 says:

    Wish I had a barn and an attic! What a great find. And it works, too. It appears you were destined to raise chicks! Happy Easter Max. Enjoy the brooder and the babies.

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