Originally Posted by Faraday40
The legs look like a gray with a brown hue. (a very unique color) The fluff looked black on day 1, but now (3.5 days old) has more gray with a touch of brown highlights. The feathers are still too small to tell color, but look black for now.
So far I love my Peck N Play brooder. The chicks sleep comfortably (& quietly) under the heating pad broody. No bright light to keep them awake at night. They are out & about most of the day, so it's hard to believe they are staying warm. Of course that's how the chicks were with my real broody, so I guess they're fine. The forecast calls for a few more frosty nights. I will be keeping them inside until at least Tuesday. They have discovered that they can warm up on the heating pad as well as under it. I'm glad I put Press N Seal around the heating pad & towel!
Not a fault of the brooder, but today I heard the "crying baby" kind of peeping. When I checked the feed, water, & temp, all was OK. Then I realized that my son was playing Legos next to the brooder. They were literally standing in the corner closest to him crying for some attention. Spoiled chicks!!!!
Ok so maybe I need to order your heating pad, because the 2 that I have, do not seem to be doing enough. Mine only has low, medium and high settings. Another thing, my basement is on the cooler side, 60- 65 degrees. So wondering if that is making a difference also.
Well the chick is a cutie, no matter what it is. Such an adorable face!
And 1 or more of my mottled cochin bantams have began to lay. The eggs are so tiny, about the width of a quarter. I ended up with 4 girls,(I thought the black solid was a boy) so now I have 8 egg due to hatch on Monday, and hoping for a blue mottled boy to put with my girls. I also had one SL bantam cochin that hatched tonite and I think 4 more on the way next week.
Minnie my SL bantam cochin has gone broody. Counting heads at bedtime and she was missing. She was in nesting box. I have my last hatch due in 2 weeks, I could slip the chicks under her or do I slip some more eggs under her? MMmmmmmm
Also discovered that the other Orpington chick that hatched last week was from my Partridge. I didn't even know she was laying yet. I was checking wing feathers tonite and was pleasantly surprised. AL is the father, so now I have to wait and see if that chick will be my first step for a silver partridge. This is so much fun!!!