Brooder quality check

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When chicks are overheated they will be:

  • Panting
  • Lying down with limbs and neck stretched out
  • Opening and dropping their wings
  • Moving away from heat source
  • Avoiding to feed
  • Drinking a lot leading to watery crop
  • Poor growths and deaths may result
  • To control overheating, open up the curtains then reduce the amount of heat in the brooder.


When birds are chilled they will be:

  • Hurdling together under heat source or and corners
  • Chirping/ crying as they hurdle
  • Avoiding drinking water while preferring to feed ending up with crop impaction and or cloacal prolapse or blockage.
  • Having wet pasted vents due to excess mucus secretion from the gut leading to wet litter
  • May develop diarrhea, respiratory problems due to irritation from ammonia, overfeed to keep warm, grow poorly, develop ascites and flip over
  • To control chilling, increase amount of heat in the house then close the curtains. Check for any draughts and correct.

Activities during brooding

  • Feeding
  • Watering
  • Temperature control
  • Air quality control
  • Cleaning of feeders
  • Vaccination
  • Culling
  • Record keeping