Hi, so I am receiving my order from Cackle Hatchery on May 23rd. I am so excited! I have got everything ready and set up for my birds, for now. Here are pictures of the brooders;
This is the chick brooder.
As you can see, it is a bit small, but perfect for baby chicks until they reach the age to move out to the coop. I am using a clear storage tote as the brooder box, and I am using a 125w infrared heat bulb, since it is starting to warm up here in Illinois. Food is already in the feeder (Purina Flock Raiser), but I am waiting until I get the chicks to give them water supplemented with poultry Nutri-Drench. Nutri-Drench is used to relieve shipping stress in poultry, BTW.
Here we have the waterfowl brooder.
The waterfowl brooder box is a bit bigger than the chick brooder box, but that is because waterfowl are bigger birds in general, and they grow faster than chicks. For this brooder, I am using a stock tank I bought a couple years ago, but never used it. I have a 125w infrared heat bulb in this brooder, too. Food is in the feeder (Flock Raiser), and I am waiting to serve water with Nutri-Drench.
You can buy all of this stuff at your local feed store(s). Everything costed me around the $200-$300 range, but this price can vary depending on where you live.
Feel free to post comments/questions below!