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Re: Question about keeping breeders in a outside building

Posted by Thinking about doing so... on 1/25/10
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    Thanks alot, i am going to buy a premade garage, i havent
    determined the size yet, but pretty big, i have to go look at
    them, they will have a couple windows in them, in the summer
    do you use any sort of cooling system? I am not able to have
    the concrete flooring, but will be wood, so I was going to
    put shavings down scattered to help soak up the droppings and
    food etc...My cages will still be the same as they use now and
    all are on wheels,but my concern was heating and cooling with
    our temp changes in the summer and winter months, someone
    mentioned space heaters , that i dont care for due to a fire
    hazard, and then someone else mentioned heat lamps, dont
    really know alot about them, so 63 degrees is pretty good temp
    for all types of birds? I was wondering about that too, i
    wanted to get them acclimate to a cooler temp then what i keep
    in the house, but yet not to cold either. do you possibly have
    a email I could talk to you more? Thanks.


    On 1/25/10, Tim wrote:
    > On 1/24/10, Thinking about doing so.... wrote:
    >> Do you or anyone you know have their breeders in a outside
    >> building?
    >>
    >> I am thinking about doing and really curious how others do
    >> it, like heating/cooling/cleaning etc.
    >>
    >> Now I am not talking about the warmer states, i am talking
    >> about like in MO,IL,IN area where the weather changes
    >> frequently...any ideas or anyone who does so?
    >
    > I live in the northeast and my breeders are in a 24' X 48'
    > heated building,I use monitor heaters and keep the aviary at
    > 63 degrees in the winter, everyone is in suspended flights
    > so excess food and droppings fall to the cement floor below,
    > I have a trench drain that runs the length of the building
    > and the floors are hosed down, easy to keep clean and cuts
    > down on maintenence, I have lights on a timer and most
    > breeders are in 7 foot flights. Initial set-up can be pricey
    > but the long term savings in labor quickly makes up for it.
    > Hope this helps.