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Building an "artifical" nest

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I was thinking about making a nest in the brooder. I have seen some posts on here with an area of the brooder with a nest made out of old towels. Will this hurt my chicks?
post #2 of 16
It's a lovely idea, but minimal is better. Chicks always find creative ways to commit suicide if given a chance.
post #3 of 16
If you are looking for something more natural, check out this thread
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/newestpost/956958
post #4 of 16
Yes if u can I would make it out of straw or hay to make sort of like a nest a mother hen would and set a stuffed animal in it
post #5 of 16

Try this.....I raise chicks outdoors with a heating pad, a metal frame, a towel over that and straw on top, underneath and all around..  

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

 

As far as I'm concerned, raising chicks with a heating pad is as natural as you're going to get without a broody hen - natural day/night cycles, warm and dark, they have to duck a little to get under it, and they love it!

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

post #6 of 16
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I'm guessing it's not a good idea without the hay. Anyways, is there a place I can get hay? Or is it fine to make my own?
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I'm guessing it's not a good idea without the hay. Anyways, is there a place I can get hay? Or is it fine to make my own?

When I had them in the house, I didn't use hay or straw...just pine shavings and a towel. This is a video of my chicks with Mama Heating Pad while they were in the house.  The video starts out dark...

 

 

 

 

Oh, I forgot to say:  Welcome to BYC!!  

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When I had them in the house, I didn't use hay or straw...just pine shavings and a towel. This is a video of my chicks with Mama Heating Pad while they were in the house.  The video starts out dark...






Oh, I forgot to say:  Welcome to BYC!!  
Thanks for the welcome! You sure the towel won't be bad?
post #9 of 16

I've raised 3 batches of chicks and one single using a towel.....but it depends on how you want to use the towel.  You can't very well just wad it up and stuff it in a corner...they'll smother themselves or manage to get hung up in the fringes or find some other way to do themselves in, not to mention it's not warm enough.  @Jensownzoo is absolutely right about them finding ways to kill themselves.  

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Originally Posted by Blooie View Post

I've raised 3 batches of chicks and one single using a towel.....but it depends on how you want to use the towel.  You can't very well just wad it up and stuff it in a corner...they'll smother themselves or manage to get hung up in the fringes or find some other way to do themselves in, not to mention it's not warm enough.  @Jensownzoo
 is absolutely right about them finding ways to kill themselves.  
I was thinking about making a nest using the towel. In the shape of a nest. By the way, can I make my own hay?
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