Goffle Road Poultry Farm: Care of Newborn Baby Chicks
Newborn animals are fragile and in need of food, fresh water, warmth, and a dry clean environment. A brodder is the poultry industry accepted device for housing baby animals. It is a box with a heating source, which maintains the proper temperatures. A simple inexpensive home version can be made using a cardboard box and clamp light. A 75 or 100 watt light bulb should be used, depending on the size of the box and external temperature. The lamp should be securely mounted high enough to avoid contact with the animal. We recommend the silver reflector lamp with clamp, which can properly be found in your garage or at the local hardware store. This type is easy to set up, and can be securely mounted to the box, which will prevent the possibility of fire. Cut out a window in front of the box and cover with saran wrap so as to provide viewing of the chicks.
"Care Of Newborn Baby Chicks"
Heat - The new born livestock prefers these temperatures during growth periods:
Week1 - above 90* F
Week2 - above 80* F
Week3 - above 70* F
- By using the reflector lamp, the newborn will travel under or away from the
heat source as its temperature reaches a comfort level.
Feeding - Your baby animal requires food and water at least twice daily. The food should be kept dry in a dish and available at all times. Water must be kept fresh and clean. It is important that the animal be unable to swim in the water as an infant, as the chilling effect of the water can be fatal. Using a shallow watering dish or an automatic watering dish supplied with our care package is highly recommended.
Cleaning - The bottom of the brodder should be lined with newspaper and bedding to allow maximum absorbency and dryness for the animal. Change it whenever it becomes excessively wet, dirty or has a bad odor.
"Some Useful Tips"
If the animal has a good appetite and is active, you will know
that its needs are being met.
If the animal pants, they are too warm, lower the temperature by making
some air holes or reducing lamp wattage.
If your pets huddle together, they are cold. Close some air holes, lower the
lamp, or increase the wattage of the light bulb.
This is all you need to know to take care of this type of livestock. Remember that the animal is alive, and can easily be hurt by dropping, crushing or excessive handling. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after handling
If you do not have the room to care for the new animal or have nowhere to place it, return it to us at any time and we will place it with someone else.