B rood­ing and ven­ti­la­tion hints for the emerg­ing farmer

The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - By Ul­ric Daniel

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

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