Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Raising Chicks (Brooding)

Raising baby chicks is called brooding.  I have several good articles on the correct way to care for your little ones.  I will list many of them and you can read one or all.

Here is a nice article on an alternative to heat lamps;

Taking care of chicks is not hard, but a little time consuming.  They have to have adequate heat and fresh food and water every day.  They need to have a safe environment too.  Good luck!

A note about food: it is a personal preference, but I do not use the medicated food.  I use 18-20% protein grower/broiler crumbles.  I find the medicated food makes it harder to get rid of coxi, if they get it.

I have used probably everything out there for brooders.  I tried cardboard boxes, but they get yucky and can hold mold.  So I stick with Rubbermaid type bins,  dog x-pens, little fences, and then I made my stacking 3-tier brooder.  But the only thing I don't like about it, is that the wood is hard to sanitize.  But it is nice until they are about 3 weeks old.  Then they go on the floor of my garage.  Here are a few pics of set-ups I have used.  My brooder is at the bottom.  Here is a link to how we made it;

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever tried using the shelf liner insider the brooder? I was thinking of building something and doing that so it didn't absorb the chick "goo"...