Brooder with straw

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Moscodude, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Moscodude

    Moscodude Hatching

    Feb 13, 2014

    This is my brooder set up :) what do you think?

  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Looks good - how many chicks will be in there?
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    You might try to elevate the feed and water. Put them up on a two inch riser. It will help everything cleaner.

    Depending on how many chicks and whether they are bantam or large fowl, the chicks outgrow a brooder of this size in amazing speed. Even just 6 - 8, large fowl chicks will need an area 4 times that large in very short order. A small brooder area also makes it more difficult for the chicks to self regulate their warming needs.

    A larger brooder allows the chicks to more toward the heat source if they are cool and get away from it if they are too hot. This is a vital element. It is very easy to over heat chicks. When it comes to brooder size, bigger, much bigger, is almost always better.

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