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Brooding

Brooding means caring for eggs and chicks just before and after hatching. These resources give more information on brooding, including needed equipment and important tips.


NC State Extension resources

Keeping Garden Chickens in North Carolina

This article from N.C. Cooperative Extension covers all aspects of starting and managing a backyard or garden flock of chickens in North Carolina.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Tips & Tricks: Chick Brooding (5:11)

New video from NC State Extension – get tips and tricks to help when brooding chicks. Area Specialized Agent Margaret Ross shows you how!

Livestock Webinar Series: Caring For Your New Chicks (40:36)

New video from Alamance County Center, featuring Laura Langley, Extension Agent, Agriculture – Livestock and Forages. This video is part of their Livestock Webinar Series. Watch the whole series!


Other resources

A Brooding Unit for a Small Number of Birds

This article from University of Illinois Extension focuses on brooding in a classroom setting, but has relevant information for anyone needing to brood chicks.

This resource can be viewed online.

Brooding of Domestic Fowl

This article from Virginia Cooperative Extension has information for setting up brooding before you get your chicks and includes recommendations for vaccination and protecting chick health.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Giving Chicks a Good Start (Bulletin #2219)

This article from University of Maine Cooperative Extension includes information for setting up the brooding environment and provides space requirements and feeding recommendations.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Grow Healthy Chicks

This article from Mississippi State University Extension covers a range of topics, from preparing for your chicks, vaccination and continuing to grow your chicks.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Sexing of Day-Old Chicks

This article from Mississippi State University Extension helps you determine the sex of your new chicks.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Small Flock Series: Brooding and Growing Chicks

This article from Extension at the University of Missouri includes information on brooding and growing chicks. Helpful tables gather needed information.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Turkey Brooding and Management (Bulletin #2187)

This article from University of Maine Cooperative Extension provides information specific to brooding baby turkeys (called poults).

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.


If you have questions about brooding chicks for your backyard flock, contact an Area Specialized Agent for poultry, your county livestock agent or Ask an Expert.