Small and Backyard Flocks July 27, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

A brooder is a device used to provide warmth to young birds while they are starting to grow feathers and develop the ability to thermoregulate.  Mother hens brood their young naturally.

Figure 1. Brooder area in a broiler chicken house. Source: Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky

Brooding area for chicks

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.