Originally Posted by Siggie
Thanks everyone! Yes I believe it was way to warm for them because even when the temp dropped last night, I checked on them around 11pm and they were all sitting towards the front so I turned the heat down to 4 and they went back towards the back :) When I got up this morning I had to run to work (was running a little late) so I didn't check under the pad but as soon as I said good morning and gave them some fresh greens and garlic most of them came out. During the day they are all out and either sitting on top or laying in the sun that comes through the windows so they aren't even under there much but I will start turning it way down during the day. Again thank you everyone for weighing in. I think I would be lost without such a great place to learn!!
With your fluctuating day/night temps in that room, it sounds like you are going to have to change the settings to accommodate. Sounds like you've got that figured out. I just want to give you a bit more food for thought: While garlic is a wonderful herb with lots of great properties, including being a helminthicide, it is also a blood thinner. I doubt they would eat enough to have issues with that... but you might want to limit. Also with the greens, what are you giving them? Grass? if so, you might want to give it in the form of a clump of sod, as suggested by Blooie. That way, they are not picking up strands of cut grass that may be too long, leading to issues with difficulty passing through their tiny little digestive systems, but they will be "plucking" their pieces, getting more appropriately sized blades to work on. They will get incredible benefit from the soil in the sod clump: minerals, bacteria and fungus to jump start their gut flora, grit, insects, seeds, dust bathing! My chicks discovered WORMS in their Saturday sod. They had quite a worm scrimmage! I agree that you may have too many chicks in that MHP for safety. Are the back and front both open? I have 17 (I think... home hatched, and they don't slow down enough for me to get an accurate count). Last year, I maxed out at 22, and they gave up the MHP very early. When they did try to get under it, it looked like a bunch of pigs having a pillow fight under a blanket. That MHP was just a-rockin-and-rolling! IMO, 15 would be a good comfortable max for a 12 x 24. More than that is pushing the limits, and with a large brood, IMO, best to leave it open at front AND back so the littlest ones can easily squirt out from either side if they start to get crowded.