I use day 18 as an excuse to get the brooder setup, if only to distract me from checking the incubator every 2 minutes. My brooder is a big 122 qt. Rubbermaid, but any box (from cardboard to plywood and in between) will do. You want the size of the box to correlate with the estimated size of your hatch. You don’t want a tiny box with 50 chicks because it will smell nasty in minutes and not really provide much space or stimulation; on the other side of things, you don’t want a massive box with only a few chicks because it makes it harder for them to regulate their temperatures in such a large space.
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