I had mold issues up front when i had lids on the bins. I washed everything out with soap and rebuilt this current version which is working much better. no mold, but it is growing a tad slower than i hoped but i think that is a combo of using oats (people say they grow slower) and the lower temps in my basement (i suspect it is 60 at best) none the less the grass is growing and the chickens love it, so i will continue to grow it. One pan makes 4 feedings (2 coops for 2 days) so as long as i get a pan grown every 3-4 days they will get oats mroe than they wont which is good enough for me.
My weaker guy seems to be doing fine. I have the two left, These are not going anywhere. One of these will be my replacement rooster, If I keep the creamettes.
The person that got the Chicks from Jordan texted me they lost one. The one they thought was a girl. I still think they have a girl and a possible girl. BUT I told them I would get them a couple more, but they want me to hold off. I just do not want anyone saying I do not give them what is agreed upon. Worries me some. People from the cities with pet chickens to me do not (not all people some people) seem to understand 20% of all chicks die as chicks. They are fragile, they are only a fetus for 21 days and sometimes things go wrong and they are not complete. They just fail to thrive. When they get 2 chicks I just know they expect them both to live, I want to say, get three and hope for 2, but. That is the negative nanny in me.
Sorry to hear about your nephew, Cluckies.
Hopefully the PC"s will be in their own pen today. Thanks EJB, I am sure you told me their age, as sure as I am I forgot it. Dang an old brain is not what it was....They are sure nice looking birds for going on 2!
Edited to add the red print.
Funny that you consider Jordan 'in the cities' :) it is all relative though haha
THat said you are very correct here... chicks wont have 100% survival and those chances are directly tied to the way they are cared for. I was fortunate this year to have 100% survival rates in my pullet chicks (not so in my broiler chicks unfortunately) but I also busted my but making sure everything was just right for them.
I did learn my lesson about putting the chicks right onto shavings on day 1 this year. We always did that growing up and i never remember having issues. This year a bunch ate the shavings and got all plugged up. this year i will be putting them on paper towels or similar at first.