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Homestead Life - Off Grid Chick Brooder - No Electricity Needed

Homestead Life - Off Grid Chick Brooder - No Electricity Needed Public

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We just picked up 30 little chicks and put them into an off grid chick brooder. This will be their home and keep them safe and warm for their first few days.

Chicks need constant warmth when they first hatch. Generally people use a heat lamp which burns a lot of electricity to keep their chicks warm. Most people keep the heat lamp going for many weeks. This burns thousands of kilowatts of electricity.

When you are striving to save energy or living off the grid, you need to come up with energy efficient alternatives.

We put our chicks in a box, inside a dog carrier. Then we put this close to the wood stove on a chair. The chair keeps the birds off the floor where it can get too cold for them.

If a chick gets too cold it will die quickly. They cannot yet regulate their own temperature at this age.

I left the wood stove door open to allow even more heat to flow. We have a wood furnace so there is an outer heat shield door. This we opened.

The chicks did just fine overnight. And the kennel protects the chicks from the curious cats.

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