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I have read a lot of great information but have a couple questions. We live in Northeast LA so temperatures are getting warm, coop isn't finished but I have found some local chicks that we are ready to get so I will set up a brooder. 4-5 RIR pullets to start a couple of questions I think I have the rest under control.
1. Heating plate or heat lamp?
2. What specific feeders and water trays do you put in a brooder?
3. Can the brooder be put in the garage?
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I have read a lot of great information but have a couple questions. We live in Northeast LA so temperatures are getting warm, coop isn't finished but I have found some local chicks that we are ready to get so I will set up a brooder. 4-5 RIR pullets to start a couple of questions I think I have the rest under control.
1. Heating plate or heat lamp?
Your choice, as long as the chicks can move away if they get too warm.  I really like my Premier plate.

2. What specific feeders and water trays do you put in a brooder?
For really small chicks I sometimes use a cut-down egg carton for a few days,then switch to a lid-type feeder that screws onto a jar.  For water a shallow bowl with small stones in it to prevent drowning, once they are a little older a lid-type screw on one.

3. Can the brooder be put in the garage?
Sure, you just want to make sure you have temperature zones set up in the brooder so the chicks can be comfortable.  It your chicks are all huddled in a pile under a heat lamp, it needs to be a little lower.  If they are all in corners as far as possible from the heat, it is too warm.  Chicks are VERY dusty, and a garage is really better, otherwise you will have dust all over your house.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Welcome!  All the above, plus make sure that your brooder is predator proof.  Chicks are fun!  Mary

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Another method of watering which I have been using this first week with no problems, is a hamster water bottle (the kind with a little ball in the tip). I have six chicks and they all took to it within a few hours (except for my stubborn one who got it within the first day though). The benefits of it are that the water stays clean and doesn't get pooped in ( a huge deal for me because I am at work most of the day and can't change it every couple hours) and the water doesn't get spilled all over the bedding making a soggy mess for disease to thrive in. I decided to use it also for the reason that later on I will be providing a bucket with chicken nipples on it in their run and I think it may make for an easier transition from the hamster bottle since they will already know how to peck on the shiny thing for water.

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I have read a lot of great information but have a couple questions. We live in Northeast LA so temperatures are getting warm, coop isn't finished but I have found some local chicks that we are ready to get so I will set up a brooder. 4-5 RIR pullets to start a couple of questions I think I have the rest under control.

1. Heating plate or heat lamp?

 Heating lamp.

 2. What specific feeders and water trays do you put in a brooder?

 I use trough style and hopper styles. Waterers?: Lid-type screw on style.

 3. Can the brooder be put in the garage?

Yes, i always put my brooder in my garage.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

 

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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-byc-friends

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