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Housing for day old chicks (Brooder Set Up)

I use a low cost brooder arrangement for my day old chicks for the first 10 days of their life. Pictured here you can see a large cardboard box obtained from a Harvey Norman shop. I have cut a square out of the top side to let in light, air and the heat lamp. The bedding is used newspapers covered with shredded paper from the office. When it is time to clean the bedding I put it on the compost heap and it ends up back in the garden. The brooder lamp is a 75 Watt heat only lamp. I found that the lamps that emit light as well as heat keep the chicks awake at night and they don't grow as well. I bought the heat lamp and its shade from Bellsouth Pty Ltd (www.bellsouth.com.au). I find them a very helpful and knowledgeable company for a small poultry producer. Please tell them I recommended them if you use them. The two towels are for night time. I just cover the gap as much as I need to to reduce drafts as young chicks cannot regulate their body temperature until they are about 10 days old. The box needs to be replaced every so often as muck accumulates on the bottom and lower sides. Just go to Harvey Norman and get another box. I have lined this box with plastic to try and extend its useful life.

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