What do you put in the brooder to keep chicks happy,healthy ,and nonbored?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken farmer, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wandering what others put in there brooders to keep chicks healthy,happy and keep them from getting too bored.Feel free to post pictures and anything else[​IMG]
     
  2. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    -just the essentials. We made certain that the chicks had the appropriate amount of warmth. -also made certain that they had fresh, clean food and water as well as clean bedding. They pretty much scratched around, slept, ate, drank, and produced waste. -never added any extras in the brooder. (-with the exception of the lone Japanese bantam chick. -placed a tiny stuffed animal in with her for a day until we could get her some brooder mates.)
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Just lots of space. As long as there's more than one chick, that's all they need.
     
  4. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea,I always have of course heat lamp,food,water,and I put in roosts,dust bathe area and of of course company from other chicks and treats
     
  5. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More chicks! lol!
     
  6. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they seem lonely or bored you could try putting one of those little baby mirrors in with them.
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I put in a large clump of sod from the chicken yard to chew on, dig in , and eat. I replace it every few days. It gives them instant exposure to any bacteria or other organisms such as coccidia right away, as it would happen if they were raised by a broody hen. This early exposure helps them build up immunity while they have a little natural immunity for a week or two. I haven't ever treated a case of coccidiosis in my flock.
     
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