One minute the lights are on and the chicks are all snug as little bugs in the brooder. But a storm is brewing and the next minute, just like that, no power! Now, what are you going to do?
Most people think spring when they think about brooding chicks, but it is possible to brood chicks in the winter months, even if you live where winters are cold. Brooding chicks in December or January means you will have ready-to-lay pullets by April or May. There are a few special considerations you should plan for when brooding your winter chicks, but it can be done.
What is a brooder, you ask? A brooder is an area for baby chicks, turkey poults, ducklings and goslings to be given their best start in life. When considering your brooder set-up there are several things to keep in mind.
We do our best to ensure their safety during transit, there are many factors that are out of our control. If your chicks arrive weak, chilled or lethargic here are a few tips to help ensure their survival:
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