Had a fun surprise, my babies arrived today. I didn't expect them for another day or two. Pretty amazing for Cackle to ship yesterday and I get a call at 7:30 this morning. All are in good shape, started eating and drinking right away - I was thrilled. I know the hatchery route isn't the favored route for alot of you but it is such a good fit for me this year. Super easy!
I bought one of those EcoGlow's for this batch. It uses a radiant heat so it never feels super hot under it. But, the babies seem to be doing well so I'm trying not to over think it.
I have both an open waterer and a pitcher with a nipple on the bottom. They are using both which makes me think I'll be able to get the standard waterer out in a few days. I really don't enjoy pulling wood chips and poo out of the drinkers.
Congrats on the chicks arriving! I tried the EcoGlows but lost chicks due to them not heating evenly & the chicks piled & suffocated. I just want you to be aware of this & watch. I went to sweeter heaters for this reason.
Yeah - I saw that as well. You have to be very careful with how you release the legs to raise/lower. The directions said to always use something like a screw-driver. Me, being a good follower, of course did it sans screw-driver.
I looked really hard at the Sweeter Heater's but felt that with my setup, the legs would be the most helpful. I think they are roughly the same price. Of course, if I break the legs that totally shoots my theory.
The sweeter heaters are worth every penny they cost. Nasco Farm & Ranch online has them on sale right now.
I like the sweeter heaters because you can set them on their side or hang them. I use ratcheting ropes on mine in place of the chain they have, which I can adjust the height with, including hanging it from the lip of the bin. At any rate regardless of which you have they are certainly more desirable than having to use a heat lamp. I still use some heat lamps in the house but not out in the buildings outside where I can't watch them.
In my opinion being safe is worth the expense. And they last forever where light bulbs burn out after so many hours.
I agree, hanging them is the very best & I love the way they heat evenly all around.
One thing I keep forgetting to ask is how do you wash eggs... We get 6-9 a day, and almost half of them need to be washed. The girls don't wipe their muddy feet off very well.
I made one of the egg washer's off YouTube (something like this) but it seems to work best with 3 dozen or so. And, it's a hassle to fill the bucket up, put the egs in, wait while they clean...
Lately I've just been washing them by hand in the sink when they are brought in. The entire time I'm doing that I'm thinking, "There's got to be a better way..."
If you wash eggs, make sure not to immerse them & they have to be refrigerated right after. They do last a lot longer if not washed. If they're just for us I don't wash till we're ready to use them.
Whoever asked about the lambs, they're Dorper/Katahdin crosses, good for meat & no shearing.