Small-scale poultry keeping - brooding and rearing chickens


Chickens need supplementary heat when they hatch, because they are unable to maintain their body temperatures. The heat can be supplied by a broody hen or, more usually, by brooders fueled by electricity, gas or oil.

During the brooding period, the chickens need warmth, shelter, fresh air, proper food and clean water.

This Primefact contains information on:

  • brooder temperature
  • preparing for the chickens
  • cold brooders
  • floor space and equipment
  • feeding


Primefact 600 First Edition

Published: 19 Nov 2007