Chicken coop, room, building or brooder box
Brooder lamps and bulbs
Shavings or straw for bedding
Cleaning supplies: pitchfork/shovel, disinfectant, lime (for odor)
Optional: electrolytes, probiotics, chick sticks
1. Gather supplies.
2. Provide housing to protect from draft and precipitation.
3. Hang the brooder light approximately 18 inches from the floor.
4. Install thermometer to monitor temperature.
5. Provide 1/2 square foot of space per chick.
6. Line the floor with newspaper or bedding to provide traction.
1. Keep heat lamp temperature at 95 degrees the week of hatching.
2. Decrease temperature 5 degrees every week until the 6th week.
3. Provide 1 gallon of water and 2 foot feeder for every 50 chicks.
4. Dip beak in water to show young poultry where to drink.
AFTER 1 MONTH:
1. Increase space to 1 square foot per chick.
2. Provide 5 gallons of water for every 100 chicks.
3. Provide 2.5 inches of feeder space per chick.
4. Change feed depending of phase of growth.
*Chicks should not be allowed outside until they are fully feathered, around 3-6 weeks old.
0-7 days old: 90-95 degrees
7-14 days old: 85-90 degrees
14-21 days old: 80-85 degrees
21-28 days old: 75-80 degrees
28-35 days old: 70-75 degrees