Chick and Waterfowl Brooders 2018

By peachyduckies · May 20, 2018 · Updated May 22, 2018 · ·
  1. peachyduckies
    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.
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    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.
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    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!

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  1. Texas Kiki
    May I suggest that you get a thermometer and measure the temp under the heat lamp.
    Keep an eye on that temp to make sure you don't over heat the birds.
    Also point it directly down so it is not heating the whole brooder but instead just one side of it, so the birds have enough room to get away from the heat if they want to.
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    1. peachyduckies
      Thanks for the advice, Kiki! Since I took these pictures, I have adjusted the heat lamps for both brooders, and when I got the birds today, there was a thermometer in the box they were delivered in.
      KikisGirls likes this.
    2. Texas Kiki
      Awesome!
      Congrats on the new babies!
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