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What do you need in a brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iluvwyandottes, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. iluvwyandottes

    iluvwyandottes Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    I'm confused. I hear you need all these things.[​IMG] What do you absolutely need and what are the thing s you can do without, but a prefered to have.
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Check out the first sticky--"Post pics of your brooders"--after a few pages, you will have a REALLY good idea of how a brooder should be set up. It is pretty simple--litter, food, water, and a lamp. Thermometer is a good idea. Wire over the top is also a good idea. After the first few days you can start getting creative, with roosts, etc...if you want.
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    First of all, you need a waterer, feeder, some bedding (use straw or papertowels the first 2-3 days then switch to pine shavings). You need a red heat lamp, and a heat lamp holder.
  4. iluvwyandottes

    iluvwyandottes Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    thanks and second it's ok to use cardboard boxes right. I get a lot of them.
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I use carboard boxes at times. They make great brooder boxes, especially the larger ones.
  6. smfritch

    smfritch Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Weaverville, CA
    I put chicks in mine..... [​IMG] But seriously,,, a warm temperature controlled environment with food and water. There is a thread about brooders at the beginning of this forum that may help....
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2009
  7. OldMORoo

    OldMORoo Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2009
    S. W. MO
    When I first got mine, I used a large clear plastic storeage container with a 60 watt bulb and a small waterer and feeder in my laundryroom. After I found one wanting to roost on the lip, I movied them to a dog kennel that my stepbrother used for his dogs. Has 4 dog boxs in back with a walk in, about 4 1/2 ft. by 3 ft each. Use hanging feeder and a auto water with lots of straw for them to play in. They love it.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009

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