Have a box, crate or kennel ready to put your chicks or pullets in when your arrive. In fact, for most chicken hatcheries in Texas this is a requirement. Don’t allow them to ride unrestrained in your vehicle.
If picking up chicks, have your brooder set up and ready for them. Be sure you have the following items set up:
- Brooder box. A crate, bin, or kennel to protect them from predators and not allow them to escape.
- Heating Plate or Heat Lamp. Be very careful with heat lamps. They will cause fires. Do not install them where they can fall on combustible materials.
- Chick Feeder
- Waterer. Ideally a waterer baby chicks can’t fall into and drown.
- Newspaper for the first week or two. Pine wood shavings for the next 2-10 weeks after.