Ten Commandments for Raising Chickens, Part II

Veterinarian and regular contributor Randy Kidd offers five more rules for raising chickens.

068 raising healthy chickens - round brooder
When raising chickens, it's best to use a round brooder so chicks don't crowd into the corners and suffocate themselves.
068 raising healthy chickens - brooder box
This old type of wooden brooder uses a kerosene stove or an alcohol lamp in the inner compartment to heat the small pipes on top. Chicks rest directly below the pipe.
068 raising healthy chickens - homemade brooders
Notice the waterers used in these homemade cardboard brooders. It's best to avoid rectangular shapes, however.
068 raising chickens - identifying laying hen
You should be able to place two fingers between the pubic bones if you have a laying hen. If you can't, you have a non-laying hen. 
068 raising chickens - commercial egg production
A factory-like atmosphere is typical of many commercial egg producers.  
068 raising chickens - brooder diagram
Here is the layout of a brooder that uses a "spoke" pattern so that chicks can find food and water whichever way they turn.

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