Preparing for new chicks


In the Brooder
12 Years
Jul 13, 2007
I live in Mass., so the nights get pretty cold. I built a section in my large insulated coop for my chicks arriving in May. I thought if I added 1 or 2 heat lamps that they would be O.K. Monitoring the temp obviously. The woman at the feed store told me that they absolutely have to be in the house. I was wondering if anybody had any brooder solutions for keeping them out of the house. ( away from my wife!). i do have 6 hens in there also.


Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Jan 26, 2007
BC, Washington Border
I will give you my opinion here.

It is not necessary to keep them in the house, if your brooder arrangement allows them to stay warm and is not exposed to heavy cold drafts.

A big box in your garage with a heat lamp is just as effective.

I have a 8 x 8 area in my coop that I use for brooding. I use it year round and never experience losses or problems because of it.

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