Originally Posted by swanny297
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.