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One 'Cluckingham Palace' Poultry Coop installed. CHECK!
...BUT many backyards are missing the essential emergency quarantine or broody coop.
As a poultry pet sitter, I always fear one of my clients' birds becoming sick, injured or broody with no spare coop for isolation from the rest of the flock. In most cases, there is nothing I could even use to improvise with!
But even when I am not there as your pet sitter, having a quarantine coop will serve you well. No-one ever regrets having one ready.
Here is a great guide on simple-to-make quarantine/broody coop ideas that could work in your backyard.
Quarantine coops are used for:
WHAT CAN BE USED?
BROODY COOP ISOLATION FACTORS
As broody hens are only going through a normal hormonal phase, the purpose of a broody coop is to "break" her out of being broody and help her resume normal free ranging and egg laying again.
HATCHING WITH A BROODY FACTORS
Use the quarantine coop for hatching fertilised eggs. Be aware, that if sickness does occur with any other birds in the flock that another quarantine coop will need to sourced.
PESTS AND CLEANING FACTORS
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You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl. As an ex-Barossa gal now living in suburban Adelaide, South Australia, Janine Zschech is not only a serious chicken lady but a genuine advocate for self-sufficiency and education of children to the knowledge of gardening and animal rearing. Skills for life!