(under the class definition) Subject matter including a small, warmed chick housing chamber, provided with a hover, hover chamber, or canopy to perform the function of a mother fowl in providing shelter and warmth to the chicks.
(1) Note. For original classification of a patent in this and indented subclasses, there must be claimed some structure, in addition to a heating or ventilation system, which particularizes the device for the confinement or protection of the chicks. Merely calling a device a brooder is insufficient disclosure for placement in this subclass. Examples of particularizing structures are attraction lights, dropping boards, and spacers, or other antismothering devices.
(2) Note. The hover structure is a component within the brooder chamber constructed of a flexible material, usually feathers. The hover is designed to lie in close proximity to the chicks, so that in brushing against their backs, it provides not only warmth but a sense of security.
(3) Note. A hover chamber is a smaller compartment containing a hover structure as defined above which is enclosed within and distinct from the brooder chamber.
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301, for a brooder combined with an incubator.
437+, for housing structure lacking a hover, hover chamber, or canopy structure. SEE OR SEARCH CLASS
236, Automatic Temperature and Humidity Regulation,
2+, and 6 for an environmental regulation device for an incubator or brooder.
237, Heating Systems,
3+, and 14+ for a heating system for use in a brooder or incubator.