BROODING AND VENTILATION
B rooding and ventilation hints for the emerging farmer
Many farmers concentrate on the brooding aspect of poultry rearing and tend to forget that the ventilation of the birds plays just as an important role during this vital stage of development.
Abrooding area of 55 chicks per square metre should be cordoned off within the chicken house. Cordon off the house and round corners with hardboard as this is an insulatory material, or even better, create a separate oval brooding area out of hardboard within the cordoned off area.
As the birds grow, increase the cordoned off area gradually until the whole house is available. Spread equipment throughout the cordoned off area with each increment of the area.
Try and spread the heat as evenly as possible throughout the brooding area irrespective of the heat source being used to brood the chicks i.e. use two gas brooders set at lower temperatures instead of one gas brooder set at a high temperature.
Place a thermometer between heat sources at chick level in order to aid in regulating the brooding