Most other retailers have closed their brooder doors. Not us!
Take your time to get ready, they will be here until October.
Here’s a list of what you need to get going:
- Chicks! (at least two)
- Pine shavings
- Heat lamp
- Heat bulb
- Optional: Treat
- Optional: Health Supplement
Important information about temperature and raising chicks!
Make sure you have brooder set up and at correct temperature prior to bringing chicks home. Have feeder, water, bedding, thermometer, and heat lamp set up.
- Temperature of your brooder:
- During the first week of age, temperature MUST be 90-95 °F
- Decrease temperature by 5 °F each week until 6-8 weeks
- Guide: 85-90° wk 2, 80-85° wk 3, 75-80° wk 4, 70-75° wks 5 6 7, and 65-70° min. wk 8
- To decrease temperature, slightly raise heat lamp away from brooder
- At 8 weeks of age they are fully feathered and are able to move to outside coop
- Note: Temperature is very important and should be monitored regularly
- Behavior of chicks:
- If spread out evenly throughout brooder, chirping and active: temperature is right
- If huddled together under heat lamp: temperature could be too cold
- If silent and still with beaks open or panting: temperature could be too hot
- Tips to note:
- Make sure fresh food and water is always available
- Make sure the brooder is cleaned regularly and free of any drafts
- Light should be left on 24/7 during the first 8 weeks
- Classes: There is a lot more to learn about raising poultry. For a more in-depth look, we offer classes:
- First Tuesday evening of every month at 7PM
- Third Saturday afternoon of every month at 2PM
- Cost: $20 per person, children under 15 free with paying adult
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