Is it OK to put 4 day old baby chicks in a tote in the bathroom?
Welcome to BYC. I brood in the bathroom - specifically in the bathtub. I have a large, garden style bathtub that is never used for it's intended purpose so it serves as the dog wash tub and, in season, chick brooder......the husband even built me a custom topper for it for when I'm brooding. I will say, be prepared for dust -- LOTS of dust.....dust on EVERYTHING.
I'm currently brooding three chicks in a bathroom in the lowest tech situation you could imagine. I challenge anyone to show me an uglier "brooder" than ours
Started with a cardboard box, a heat lamp and three day-old chicks. By the third week they were flying to the top edge of the box. My husband starting taping additional pieces of cardboard to make it higher and less friendly for them to perch on the top. He also re-enforced it with plastic webbing to keep them from busting out. It's not pretty but it has worked:
We started putting them outside in the pen when they were just four weeks old as, due to upcoming travel, we have to kind of fast-track these little ones. (More about that here if you are interested.) Now they are seven weeks old and only come in at dusk to spend the night in their rickety brooder box. Which is good. Because it gets old very fast having them in the bathroom! We took the lamp away about a week and a half ago - the bathroom is adjacent to my office and I just keep the heat at about 65 degrees in my office at night for them.
They've been sharing supervised time in the yard with my other two hens for a few days and all is going well. Planning to transfer them to the coop for good this coming weekend. Keeping fingers crossed on that, as I know that 8 weeks is young to integrate a flock, but the "flock" is only two hens due to recent predation and one of them is a bantam so these girls are already bigger than her.
Anyone want my brooder when I'm done with it?
See my chicken blog at: http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes Pippa, a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle, Ginger, an EE and three babies added January 2016 - Bella the BO, Ava the Australorp and Nugget, a RIR.
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If you have space in your bathroom go for it, mine would have been on the living floor or kitchen table if they were inside. The garage seems to be the best place for us