This is the best small-scale baby chick starter kit on the market, in our opinion! Featured on the Martha Stewart show, she liked them so much, she took four kits home in which to brood her own babies. This kit comes with everything you need to get your batch of babies started off on the right foot:
- Ten, reusable, 20" high by x 24" wide, interlocking, double-walled cardboard panels, which form the "house"
- One bag of compressed pine shavings for bedding (3200 cubic inches)
- One 5 pound bag of non-medicated chick starter feed for layer-type, dual purpose or broiler-type chicks
- Two, one-quart waterers with red water bases
- One, one-quart feeder with feeder base (galvanized; plastic is temporarily out of stock)
- One heavy-duty heat lamp with ceramic socket and clamp*
- One 250-watt, red, infrared heat bulb*
*The truth is, we hate infrared heat bulbs
Please consider upgrading to one of the other heaters. 250-watt infrared heat bulbs aren't the safest choice. People have been using them to raise chicks for decades, and they're economical upfront, so they're extremely popular. But because these bulbs can reach 435°, they pose a fire hazard. Therefore we are offering an upgrade to a much safer alternative at a discount: the overhead mount Sweeter Heater, or the 12" x 12" chick brooder heating plate. These heaters reach much safer temps and offer a whole host of benefits in addition to using less electricity. (Plus, you'll save off list price!)
Superior panels form the "house"Interlocking double-walled cardboard panels form the chick "house." Measuring 20” high, they are a full 8” taller than the
typical starter kit, which means your chicks will be better protected from
drafts and won’t be able to jump out until they’re much older! The double-walled design make them extra sturdy, and able to be used over and over again.
Use as few as 4 panels, or as many as to 10
Our kit includes ten panels, which creates 22 square feet of space — enough for up to 11 or 12 chickens, up to five weeks of age! You won't need that much space to start, though. Use just four or six panels when your babies are small — however many they need to be comfortable. You can easily add two panels at a time as they get bigger and require more space.
If you order chicks along with your starter kit, and your chicks are scheduled for the next week's hatch, your chicks might arrive before your starter kit does. So, for the safety of your chicks, please plan accordingly and order your kit for timely delivery.
Please note: Our kit does not include a thermometer. The best way to gauge your flock's comfort level is to watch their behavior. More on that here.
Your kit comes with a set of instructions for assembling the brooder, plus
all the "how-to" baby chick care information you'll need to get
started, including how best to regulate the heat.