Our particular chicks will need to be kept at a temperature of 90-95° for the first week. The temperature shall be reduced by 5° each week until a temperature of 75° is reached. Place the thermometer on the shavings directly below the heat lamp.
Image by: Back Yard Farming When you first get your chicks you will have to place their beaks in the water until they take a drink, usually only a second or two. After their first drink wait 2-3 hours to feed them.
Building a brooder for four (4) chicks is quite simple and does not require much. My husband built a brooder from scratch and put some thought into it. He made the arm that holds the heat lamp be able to rotate and also be moved up and down to maintain the appropriate temperature. We purchased all our supplies at the Home Depot.
Supplies you will need from
(2) 9’ 2 x 4 boards
(1) 1” diameter 4’ long
(1) 1” x ¾” PVC reducing tee
(1) pre-cut ¾” x 2’ long PVC
(1) hose clamp
(1) Sterilite 106 Qt.
container (33 ¾” x 19 3/8” x 13 3/8”)