The goal of the brooder is to simulate the environment that would normally be present for chicks after hatching. In other words, the brooder keeps your chicks safe, warm, fed and watered. Big picture, your brooder should: Be free from drafts but have good ventilation to prevent ammonia build-up Prevent rodents and predators from access Warm and cozy Have access to proper feed and clean water Have bedding like rice hulls or wood shavings Here are a few other handy brooder hints: Brooder Space Set up your brooder space as a ring with approximately 0.5-1.0 square feet per chick.
We take precautions to protect our health every day. We wash our hands, throw out expired food, and stay home when we are sick. But what about the health of our flock? That’s where bird biosecurity comes in. Biosecurity is vital to ensuring that your flock -- no matter their size -- stays healthy. For bird owners, it is especially important to have proper biosecurity measures in place given that diseases can quickly spread through one’s flock. Let’s shed some light on the importance of biosecurity and what you can do to help. What is biosecurity? Biosecurity refers to
Creating a safe space for your baby chicks to grow is essential for their well-being, and a brooder is the perfect route to provide this safe space. But, first things first, what exactly is a brooder? It is an artificial warm enclosure that is meant to keep chicks from the ages of 0 to 8 weeks safe and healthy until they are sufficiently feathered. Never set up a brooder before? That’s not a problem! Go ahead and read on for more information about the ins and outs of how to create the perfect home for your chicks. How to