Build Your Own Brooder

Build Your Own Chick Brooder - Instructions


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Build Your Own BrooderWhat you will need (as seen on the graphic to the right):

  • Cord, dish, product-packing box, three-wavelength 20W bulb, socket, newspaper for lining the brooder
  • A low and heavy dish is good (to prevent water from spilling even if the chick steps on it.)
  • A bulb, a socket, and a cord can be purchased at a hardware store.
 

Open the box and make a hole as indicated on the graphic:

Caution: Be sure to use a three-wavelength 20W bulb. If you use a bulb over 20W, temperature goes up, possibly killing the chick or causing a fire.

Tip: Refer when making a hole.
No. 4 = bulb; No. 1, 2, 3, 5 = air holes
Very cold place: Make a hole only at No. 1
Cold place: No. 1, 2 Warm place: No. 1, 2, 3
Very warm place: No. 1, 2, 3, 5

 

Insert the screw of the bulb in the hole inside the box and then put the socket outside the box and fasten it.

Caution: Be sure to install the bulb without putting a plug in a socket.
Or you can get a shock.

 

Cover the bottom with newspaper, place the dish in the corner and add a little water

Caution: If there is too much water and a chick falls into water, its feathers will get wet and it can die of loss of body heat. If this happens, dry the feathers with a hair dryer, etc.

 

About a day after the chick hatched, place it in the box and close the cover.

Put the plug in the socket and turn the light on.

Tip: About two weeks after a chick hatched, it has well-grown feathers and can be removed from the brooder and kept in a cage.


 

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