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A brooder house is a poultry house that is especially prepared and equipped for comfortably rearing chicks from 1 day old until 6 weeks old.
A brooder house ought to offer about 0.5 sq. ft. per chick in allocated floor space.
Here is the photo of an example colony-style brooder:
This is a front-elevation architectural diagram and design of the same colony brooder house:
This same colony-style brooder house measuring 10′ x 14′ (feet) can house 300 chicks comfortably.
Here is a schedule of material for building this colony brooder house:
Brooder houses play a vital role in the ROI-influencing brooder management process.
According to Dr. Scott Gillingham, Canada-based poultry veterinarian for Aviagen says of the perfect brooder set-up:
Therefore, we are to provide:
(Quite a duty and responsibility, isn’t it?)
Scott goes on to share the chicks are unable to thermoregulate:
They need continual access to clean water:
Need monitoring that they are eating ample feed (and nothing else):
Have enough ventilation:
Have equipment adjusted to meet their needs which are continually and RAPIDLY changing:
Plus the stockman has got to be given sufficient room in the brooder to get the BEST feel for how your precious ‘ROI-profit centres‘ a.k.a. your chicks are doing:
If your brooder house does all of this, then your rearing mortality rate will be optimally low:
And there will be smiles all-round…
And most of all, you’ll be thankful for every one of those chicks:
So, get your brooder house plans up to scratch today.
Plan well and execute carefully.
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