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Getting ready for Spring chicks(Brooder Ideas)??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by joshm97, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. joshm97

    joshm97 Chirping

    Jun 10, 2012
    Holland, Massachusetts
    It's January now and I want to be prepared for this years chicks. Last year I raised 3 Mottled Chocolate Turkeys and we now own 2
    hens and 2 males. Both hens strangely have already started to produce eggs once in a while but I'm thinking its hopefully normal. I have ordered my gear early because last year when we baught the Poults ( baby turkeys) It was hectic. We didn't have a proper brooder, proper heat lamps or anything. not even proper food and water bins(which we have accuired). It was really a miracle they survived let alone thrived. I just want a good Idea for a brooder. Thankyou

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    You might look through this for ideas. This is from the Coop section at the top of this page.


    My brooder is permanently built in the coop. I actually use the top as a droppings board. I usually use it for chicks but have brooded turkeys in it, always along with chicks.

    My criteria for a brooder is to give it good draft protection so a breeze does not hit the chicks or poults directly but have it well ventilated above. I made it big enough so the far reaches cool down quite a bit so the chicks can get used to the cooler temperatures. I heat one end and keep that area warm enough. That way they can find their own comfort zone. What actually happens is that they spend a lot of time in the cooler end and go back to the heat to warm up when they wish. They do normally sleep close to the heat source.

    Good luck!

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