Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by swanny297, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. swanny297

    swanny297 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2016

    I have read a lot of great information but have a couple questions. We live in Northeast LA so temperatures are getting warm, coop isn't finished but I have found some local chicks that we are ready to get so I will set up a brooder. 4-5 RIR pullets to start a couple of questions I think I have the rest under control.
    1. Heating plate or heat lamp?
    2. What specific feeders and water trays do you put in a brooder?
    3. Can the brooder be put in the garage?
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! All the above, plus make sure that your brooder is predator proof. Chicks are fun! Mary
  4. ChickityChina

    ChickityChina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2016
    Carroll County, Maryland
    Another method of watering which I have been using this first week with no problems, is a hamster water bottle (the kind with a little ball in the tip). I have six chicks and they all took to it within a few hours (except for my stubborn one who got it within the first day though). The benefits of it are that the water stays clean and doesn't get pooped in ( a huge deal for me because I am at work most of the day and can't change it every couple hours) and the water doesn't get spilled all over the bedding making a soggy mess for disease to thrive in. I decided to use it also for the reason that later on I will be providing a bucket with chicken nipples on it in their run and I think it may make for an easier transition from the hamster bottle since they will already know how to peck on the shiny thing for water.
  5. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop

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