Chicks Arriving Tomorrow, This is our Brooder Set-up

Brooder Shed is Ready to Go!
Here’s a few pics of my set-up where the chicks will live for the next 5 to 7 weeks. Depending on their growth, the weather, and most important, when they are mostly feathered. Usually they are feathered for sure by 8 weeks, but usually the temperatures in Phoenix allow us to move them from the brooder to coop earlier. What kind of chicks? Guess you’ll have to wait and see!
The Brooder Set-up
My husband built this custom brooder complete with electric and self closing doors on top. The floor in the brooder is lined with textured linoleum tiles and the windows are plexiglass.  There’s plenty of storage cabinets below for all those chick rearing necessities.
I use radiant heat,  but have two 50 watt back-up heat lamps overhead just in case of a sudden drop in outside temp. I also have a temperature reading from the brooder to house, so I don’t have to wonder if they are too cold or hot.

The Brooder Shed below is 8×10, heavily insulated, then drywall, and I had the gruesome chore of painting the inside pale yellow, ( I hate painting.) There is power, but no plumbing. Fortunately the hose is only steps away.

I’ll be picking up the chicks across town, I found this handy cage at Goodwill for $1.99, can’t beat that! It will comfortably hold at least 18 chicks. They like to be transported tightly packed together, it helps keep them warm and feeling safe.

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Brooder Shed for Silkies and Hatchlings

Finally! This is my finished brooder shed with a custom built brooder box for my Silkie hens and their hatchlings. The shed is 8×10, it was just a bare bones structure with a window, double doors, and two sidewall vents. Today it has vinyl flooring, electric, insulation & drywall, overhead lighting and is temperature controlled.

All my Silkies live primarily in the chicken coop. However, now when a hen becomes *broody she’ll be moved to the brooder shed where she’ll sit on fertile eggs until they hatch. The chicks will then stay with the hen until they’re sold… or moved to their own chicken yard when fully feathered to be later sold as *point of lay pullets.

 

Broody:  When the hen has an urge to sit on her eggs to try and hatch them.
Point of Lay Pullet: Young female chicken just about to lay,  5-6 months old.

 

Picture Pretty, for Now

With the cooler weather in Phoenix, I’ve been able to spruce up the farm! Raking, raking, and more raking.  We’ve been trimming trees, desert plants, and I even planted 21 new ones in the desert garden!

Here’s the brooder shed and chicken coop area of our farm, it’s all been tidied up and that always means one thing… any day rain or wind will come and destroy it! So look quick before it goes back to a disaster area!

Brooder Shed

Chicken coop