What to put in brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mike32, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Mike32

    Mike32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2009
    Pecos, NM
    I was just reading another posting about baby chicks and someone mentioned putting things in the brooder to give the chicks something to do. What should you put to keep them busy?
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

  3. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    That is the Baby Einstein School of chicken raising... [​IMG]
    something about giving them educational toys to "spur their natural curiousity."

    They just need heat, food, water & companions.
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Quote:[​IMG] Thank goodness. I struggle to raise my kids, I dont think I could handle chick socialization.... Ahhhhhh
  5. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I had read so much about some chicks that are bullies, so I put things in my brooder to prevent bullies in the first place and it worked for the two sets of chicks I've brooded so far. No pecking issues at all. In fact, at 30 wks, I still can't tell who is boss or at the head of the pecking order other then some will move away from the feeder if someone else comes along.

    I've got 25 coming on 9/21, so I'll see if it holds true for a larger bunch.

    I put in bright colored red cat balls with bells. They loved to peck those and anything RED. Flat rocks for them to climb on and play king of the hill (rock) plus it would hold heat and they liked that.

    A dish holder thingy that had dowels on it that they would climb up and down and roost on. Then I put an apple branch roost and then switched that out for a 2 x 4 that they would hunker down and sleep on.

    Mine never tried to roost on the food or waterers because they had other things to climb on.

    And I used a RED light.
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Mike all they really need is each other, food, water and heat. They are perfectly happy like that.

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