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1. One that broods: brooders in the henhouse; a brooder over past errors.
2. A heated enclosure in which young fowl or livestock are raised.


1. (Breeds) an enclosure or other structure, usually heated, used for rearing young chickens or other fowl
2. a person or thing that broods


(ˈbru dər)

1. a device or structure for the rearing of young birds.
2. a person or animal that broods.


After baby chickens were hatched, they needed some sort of shelter to keep them warm when sleeping. If there was an old hen available that would take them, it was common to put them with her, but if a hen was not available, or if too many chicks had been hatched, using a brooder was one solution. Brooder heating and temperature control was much like that of an Incubator.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Brooder - apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostatbrooder - apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants
apparatus, setup - equipment designed to serve a specific function
thermoregulator, thermostat - a regulator for automatically regulating temperature by starting or stopping the supply of heat


(for breeding) → Brutapparat m, → Brutkasten m
(fig: = thinker) → Grübler(in) m(f)
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Chicks in a brooder will move away from the heat source and will exhibit signs of heat stress (panting, drowsy, stretched wings and diarrhoea with matting around the vent).
Pasty butt," or "pasting up," can happen for a number of reasons, including suboptimal temperatures in the brooder and poor-quality chick feed.
The programme had provided each participating school a comprehensive hatching kit with fertilised embryo-carrying eggs, incubator, brooder box, drinker and feeder.
One spring something must have gone wrong with our brooder, because an upstairs bedroom in our farmhouse suddenly became a baby chick nursery.
Very shortly the hatched chicks would need to be moved to a brooder or to some warm place designed for the motherless young.
Little quail chicks are raised in a brooder similar to chickens.
Incubation took place over 25 days, with live chicks being removed to brooder areas in their respective age groups, the feed being game chick crumb, mini pellets and growers' pellets, with mixed corn introduced prior to release.
Getting the two of them to socialise together in the brooder cage seemed problematic at first.
Varun does well in adding a certain depth with his gaze to the silent brooder he gets to essay.
The thirty suggested woodcrafting projects are divided into four categories: food preparation and preservation (cider press, herb-drying rack), homestead amenities (backyard fire pit, firewood shelter), garden aids (potato-growing box, soil sifter), and raising animals (chicken cook, brooder box, bee hive).
They lived in an incubator when they were first born and a brooder and cardboard box as they developed.