Poults in the brooder ?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by zekii, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    I went to a poultry talk the other night and the Doctor giving the talk mentions
    that most breeders of turkeys use circular brooders to avoid having the poults
    pile up in the corners and kill each other. Anyone here have experience with this ?
    My brooders unfortunately have square corners so maybe I can put something in the
    corners to prevent pileups ?

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Never heard of that and never had any problems with my poults piling up in corners and killing themselves. Sounds to me if they are piling in corners, they are cold. Proper temps will take care of that problem. :/
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    How many poults do you plan on having in your brooder? 1,000? If so, then you might consider a `round' brooder. This is primarily for large flock, commercial settings.

    As was mentioned, most small flock folks only see this if the temp. drops too low. If I had thirty poults in a brooder in the mud room, I'd not let them see the cats (panic crowding - why the commercial folks like circular settings).
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  4. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Well my eggs haven't hatched yet, but I've got 15 good eggs right now at day 18.
    I'll have my brooders in the basement, and they be well covered so the cats can't get to them.

    Guess I'll see if I have any problems and remedy it then...
  5. tinzman8

    tinzman8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    I wouldnt worry about that with the number youre going to have, ive always raised my poults in a rectangle brooder without any issues. If you see a problem then you can always change your brooder but I dont see that happening. [​IMG]

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