- Aug 19, 2014
Hi I would like to know more about a brooder. I do not have chickens YET but need to learn more about their early life and brooder. Thanks in advance!
Should I drop it 5 each week?A lot depends on how many chicks you have and your climate.
Most people brood them in a large Rubbermaid type container with a heat lamp.
Those same people will tell you they need 90-95 F the first week and lower it by 5 degrees each week till you reach the ambient temperature.
I don't do it that way.
I look at the way a hen would brood her chicks and try to replicate that. First of all, a hen can't heat the ambient air to 90F. She provides a hot spot under her so the chicks can warm up there but they don't really spend much time under her after the first few days.
Also, heat lamps create light and the chicks need a dark period.
To that end, I use ceramic heat emitters in a larger space and let the chicks find their comfort zone.
You can do that right in the coop if you have the means to get electric out there.
If I just have a few chicks I will use a small container but make sure it doesn't get too hot in there.
Any advice on lining the brooder? From the pictures I see alot of wood shavings, but some sources say not to use wood because it can lead to respiratory issues.