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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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A simple brooder can be made from a circular cardboard and inside one places source of heat like jiko, lamp or bulb.Circular brooders ensure chicks do not crowd in corners.
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In 1892, Ertel invented and patented a complete line of chicken incubators and brooders. His invention of the hot water incubator, using a kerosene lamp and a water reservoir, guaranteed even heat throughout the cabinet to incubate the eggs of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.
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Glass tank of the size 60 x 45 x 45 cm and 60 x 30 x 30 cm were used to rear male and female brooders separately.
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The fish weigh in at 8 to 15 pounds and are 3- to 4-year-old brooders that produced eggs at Santaim and McKenzie river hatcheries.
Some brooders have a solid floor; others have a floor made of hardware cloth.