Chicken Brooder Basics (Video)

So you've acquired or hatched a group of day-old chicks; now what? Introducing them to a chicken brooder that will keep them comfortable and safe should be first on the list. Watch this video to learn some chicken brooder basics.

By Hank Will

Raising chicks from scratch — or nearly scratch — isn't all that difficult. Folks have been doing it for thousands of years, and most pulled it off without all the technology we have today. Whether you purchase day-old birds from a hatchery or incubate fertile eggs instead, there's little reason to believe that your efforts won't result in one fine flock.

Quick Chick Checklist
Here's what you will need before your chicks arrive:

  • Brooder box — either homemade or store bought
  • Heat lamp
  • Starter feed
  • Chick-sized feeder
  • Chick-sized waterer (with marbles or small stones)
  • Chick-sized grit
  • Newspaper pine shavings
  • Plain Pedialyte, Manna Pro Life-Lytes or Sav-a-Chick

Watch the full video for more information about chicken brooders.

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Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

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