Broiler Chickens. What is the brooder?. A home for the chicks for the first couple of weeks you are raising them Clean sawdust (wood shavings) should be in the brooder at all times It is very important that there is always food and clean water available
Too cold. Chicks are bunched up under the
Too hot. Chicks avoid the heat lamp and
Migrate toward the outside of the brooder.
Just right. Chicks are scattered evenly throughout
brooder and are eating and drinking.
1.05 – 1.38 billion
0.5 – 0.9 billion
0.5 – 0.51 billion
0.86 billion – combined
Excluded < 0.5 billion
National Chicken Council, 2007
Broiler Supply Layers
Broiler Supply Pullets
1 Tyson Foods Inc.
2 Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.
3 Perdue Farms Inc.
WATT Poultry USA (2011)