Originally Posted by Seatrout00
OK! They arrived! Wooo! Mail man delivered them today - little peepers. So I'm an over-worrying worry wart, they are chirping really loud but don't seem to be very cold. My daughter (17) held them all after we opened the box and gave them all their first drink and now it seems they all want to be held. I have a heating pad in their dog crate with a shoe box turned upside down and sides cut out so they can crawl under it - they are spread out in the crate peeping loudly - and I'm worried - are they too cold? Its 71 degrees inside the house - warmer in the dog crate where I have a heating pad set up in a blanket over a shoe box that the babies are under, yet they keep peeping. Not super loud - though one Australorp insists on sitting by the crate door and only quiets when I hold her. I'm just over worried that maybe the babies are too cold? Ideas?
If you have an old styrofoam cooler you can put a lamp kit in it. I use a 15 watt bulb and crack the cover some to keep the temperature around 90ºF for the first week. I use a thermometer with a prob and just put the prob in the box. Works great. Some of these pictures were taken just after the chicks hatched. The first day I just let them dry so I don't put food and water in until the second day. Since your chicks are hatchery chicks they are probably ready to eat and drink. Just some ideas. Here are some pictures. I hope they help to give you some ideas. Good luck with you new chicks and have fun...
The cooler in the top of the picture I also use as a hatcher that is why there is wire in it.
Some of the chicks just hatched and are still wet.
The two styrofoam coolers in front of the Island probably have chicks in them and the lids aren't completely covering the coolers.
After the chicks dry out they go into a brooder cabinet.
Sometimes I use melon boxes to put chicks in
I also have a grow-out coop I put chicks in.
Edited by cmom - 2/19/16 at 8:06pm