THE ART OF CHICKEN HOMEMAKING/ CREATING A BROODER
As the arrival of your chicks quickly approaches, you will need to create a brooder. This will be their home for about the next 6 weeks. For their first week of life, the chicks will need the brooder temperature to be about 95 degrees F. This is maintained by your heat lamp. As each week passes, the temperature is lowered by 5 degrees until you reach the outdoor equivalent or they are fully feathered. When we had our chicks delivered in June, temperatures were already in the 70s outside. At six weeks of age, they transitioned outside. Our mid-July temperatures were in the mid-eighties at that point. We only used the heat lamp with the 250 watt bulb for about 2 weeks. After that, I used a regular household light bulb of various wattages in the heat lamp. Some people create brooders in their bathtubs, living space, or sheds. Just remember that chickens are messy, sometimes stinky and produce dust in this stage. Thus, we set our brooder up in the garage.