5 Things You Need To Know About Chicken Brooders

Published: 04th June 2010
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Before considering raising day old chicks, you will need to think about chicken brooders to ensure the survival of your babies. Chicken brooders don't have to be complex or expensive to build.

The primary use of chicken brooders is to ensure your young chicks maintain their body temperature and to keep them safe. Separating them from the main flock allows your baby chicks to socialize with animals the same size and age and they will be able to eat and drink without being stressed by bigger chickens or other animals.

Chicken Brooder Tips:

Plastic or Cardboard?

Location, Location!

Quick . . . I'm Cold

I'm so hungry!

I've Fallen And Now I Need A Bath!

Cardboard or Plastic? It is your decision whether to buy a chicken brooder or to just make one on your own using something you have inside your shed. As you are trying to decide what to use, keep in mind that you need something with walls that are high enough to prevent your chicks from hopping out and to protect them from drafts. Two of the easiest and best chicken brooders that you're going to ever get are simple plastic tubs and cardboard boxes. The great thing about using these types of boxes is that they come in a variety of sizes and can grow as your chicks grow.

Location, Location. As soon as you have decided which sort of container you are planning to use, make a decision about where to place your chicken brooder. Keep in mind that you are going to need to use an electrical outlet so plan take that into consideration. If you are going to keep it in your house, pick an area that doesn't have a lot of traffic and that is safe from household pets.

Quick . . . I'm Cold. You have to buy a light with a 250 watt bulb to help keep all of your chicks warm. It is required to be placed {directly over the top of the chicken brooder. Getting the correct temperature in the box will require you to acquire a consistent thermometer and fiddle the heat source. It may have to be raised or lowered based on the temperature. Your chicks will not thrive if you cannot ensure that the temperature in the brooder is not too hot or too cold so keep a close eye on the temperature inside the container. Always be sure that there is at least one area of the brooder which is away from heat source on the off chance that your baby chicks become too warm. For that first week, the temperature inside the brooder is required to be set at roughly 99 degrees F after which it needs to be lowered once the chicks get older.

I'm So Hungry! You new baby chicks will need constant access to food and water. A feeder and water container will be needed that are the appropriate size for newly hatched and very small chicks. You'll need to purchase special chick feed as it is smaller in size so that they can more easily consume it. They won't be able to handle the larger chicken size pellets and will starve.

I've Fallen And Now I Need A Bath! The only way to keep your chicks healthy is to keep them clean and dry. Sometimes chicks have issues pooping at first and it will be your job to clean their rear ends off as needed. Wood shavings are my preferred bedding and I put a layer of clean shavings in the bottom of my chicken brooders as needed. They are economical to use and they are incredibly absorbent. They are also simple to scoop out and replace as needed. I tend to clean the chick brooder out morning and night to keep them as clean as possible.

Raising baby chicks is usually a enjoyable project for the entire family and if they are handled a great deal while young, your chickens will socialize with you when they are full grown. To get more detailed information on how to raise baby chicks, visit this link Chicken Keeping Tips

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