Mehl-barn-brooder

Chrystal raises 50 chicks at a time in this temporary brooder in the corner of a horse stall. The hay bales and stall walls make a tight barrier to drafts, and a single 250-watt heat lamp is sufficient to keep the chicks warm. The pine shavings litter is topped off with fresh shavings between broods, but the litter itself is left in place to become biologically active, with benefits for succeeding broods.

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