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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Hello everyone. I’ve been out of the chicken conversation for some years but am now a foster carer for rescued neonatal kittens. A kitten guru in US recommended we get a Brinsea parrot brooder for orphaned newborn kittens but I can’t find a source and they are also more expensive than I hoped

I’ve also looked at this set up using two $40 still air incubators but there’s nothing as cheap her that I can find https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8j7g2Ci6Bk

Any help, suggestions or links to sites where I can purchase would be great. I am in Tasmania


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:55 pm 
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Do they need warmth plus humidity....or just the warmth? If you don’t need a certain level of humidity what about heat pads used for reptiles? Like a mini electric blanket.

Can I ask what your budget is? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Best cheap brooder
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:06 am 
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Yes, the newborns need humidity, about the exact conditions that incubating eggs and wet hatchlings need. If they are sick it’s even more important. In the first few days up to a week they can lose a lot of fluid through their skin. It’s worse if they are sick. Up to 3 weeks of age they need a heat source and heating pads are fine, but in that first week an incubator saves lives.

A mother cat is actually quite like a broody chook in the first week. She rarely leaves and is in a kind of trance. Interesting parallels.


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