Getting ready to receive your first order of chicks from Cackle Hatchery? Congratulations! Keeping a flock of chickens offers a great way to provide food for you and your family, control pests on your property and more. But before your chicks arrive, you’ll need to set up a brooder so they can have a place to grow and recover from their journey.
That’s why we put together a helpful video that walks you through each step of setting up a brooder for your chicks.
This most important thing to keep in mind is that—contrary to what you may have seen in the past—plastic storage tubs do not make good brooders. These tubs aren’t big enough to allow chicks to get away from their heat lamp, which can cause them to die from heat stroke. Instead of keeping baby chicks in a plastic tub, they should be kept in an enclosure made from a brooder guard and a bed of wood shavings.
It’s also a good idea to lay a piece of cardboard or another insulating barrier underneath the brooder to protect your chicks from moisture and cold. This insulating barrier is especially important if your brooder is in a room with a concrete floor.
To learn more about how to set up a proper brooder for your chicks, check out our video below! You can also find a brooder starter package in our online store that has everything you need to create a cozy, comfortable home for your new chicks.
And that’s today’s news from the Cackle Coop!