Sunday, May 08, 2005
Example of Indoor Brooder
This is a shot of the brooder inside the house. We start out with a 50 gallon plastic tub, and by 2-3 weeks they outgrow this--the real problem is they can jump out too easily! This wood crate was something Michael picked up someplace, the walls are high enough that the now 4 week old chooks have to work to fly up.
There are advantages and disadvantages to having the chicks in the house with us. The primary disadvantage would be the constant cheeping and peeping, as well as the very fine dust they create from all their scratching. The advantages are ease of climate control, easier to care for them on a daily basis. Additionally, the more time they spend with us at this stage, the friendlier they will be as laying hens.