Are your chicks arriving any day? Scrambling (pardon the pun) for a brooder setup for their first few weeks? It's easy to set up once you think outside the - oh dear, here I go with the puns again - box.
In fact, a cardboard box makes a very nice brooder for a few chicks. I've also broken several boxes apart and set them up in a circle, taping the sides together, with the bottom flaps outward for stability (and the top ones too). This brooder can be set up right in the chicks' new coop with a light above them. You're basically keeping them confined underneath the lamp somewhat for the first few weeks so they don't wander off and freeze to death or get stuck underneath something or in a corner somewhere.
So, get creative! Here are some brooder basics to get you started.
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