Originally Posted by emmaellis111
Ive read most of the 101 theard and im like....umm what,? Some of it is really confusing and some of it i kinda guessed anyway lol, the one question i do have is cant i leave the chicks in the incubator instead of a brooder box? Thats if all the chicks hatch the same ish time? Cuz its got heat and im buying a large incubator? Or do you HAVE to have a brooder box? X
You have to have a brooder for the chicks. They can't live in the incubator, as the chicks grow they start requiring less heat and need to be be able to get out of the heat from when they first go in the brooder box. In an incubator its just too hot. A brooder should have a warm spot for them along with an area that they an go to cool down as they wish. I use a Guinea cage and Brinsea brooder for the first few days. They go under for a warm then come out again. ~
As they get bigger they go out to the brooding shed with a heat lamp, the shed has more room which chicks most certainly need as they grow ~
As the feathers start coming in and when they are bigger they start to be weaned off the heat and I let them out, I do keep the lamp on for them and go by what they are doing to decide how long they need it in for. This is usually happens at 4 - 8 weeks depending on weather conditions. You need to monitor chicks carefully as heat as well as cold can kill them quickly.