First one was out today (day 20) at noon. Now I have four out (two boys, two girls), including one that pipped the wrong end but zipped and hatched just fine on its own. Two additional pips getting bigger. One egg not pipped yet.
Invest in a Brooder plate. A brooder plate that will cover the same number of chicks is about $10.00 more than a heating pad. The plate will last for years and is more sanitary.
Dare I say that the heating pad cave is a fad?
Sorry, just what I think about them.
The $37.00 dollar plate. These are not as expensive as the Brinsea and are built better.
I had a large and small EcoGlow. The chicks didn't like them very much. Switched to Mama Heating Pad - wonderful happy chicks who snuggle treat it like their mother. Gave away the Ecoglows. Soooo, to each his/her own.
Just had to put my free rangers up in there I closed run. Hawk on the prowl my rooster Thor had all the hens in hiding. He's such a good boy. They like to free range the property and help me water the garden and do chores. But I told them trust you like to live better. So there a little mad they aren't free ranging but there safe. I gave them a head of lettuce for a treat to cheer them up.
The hawks have REALLY been out today - they nest on my property, and I'm pretty sure what's happening is the parents are teaching the babies to hunt. Fortunately, no losses among my birds - I have surveyor tape strewn all over the tops of the paddocks (not perfect, but a nice deterrent).
Off to go stare at the 'bator some more...
- Ant Farm