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@Faraday40 I was wondering how (and where) you have your brooder area?  You seem to have babies hatching at different times and I was imagining what it would look like here if I did it!  Let me say, it would be a HUGE mess if I did it here!   LOL

 

Do you keep them in the house or do you have an outside setup? 

I am on chronically disorganized, but love to know how you do it!  :)


I turned a Pack N Play into a big brooder & tried out the "Mama Heating Pad" method of brooding.  Both experiments were very successful.  In the past I always had a batch of chicks in the living room in a plastic tub under a heat lamp for 2 weeks.  DUSTY!  Then I moved them into the garage (rabbit cage) with their heat lamp.  I could not hatch too many, and never started before mid April.

 

Using the heating pad method allowed me to move them out to the garage & I feel it's less of a fire hazard.  It's closer to what a broody does & they seem to feather faster.  I teach often but all the eggs I sell to the schools are THEIRS.  I ask that they find a home for their class chicks before we start.  The ones I hatch at home are for sale.  We have limited coop space, so in winter we have to be strict about getting the numbers down.  In the spring & summer we have a fluctuating number from day to day.  Whenever someone "falls in love" with a chick we have to pick out the hen who will be rehomed.  If she is under 2 years, then we can sell her. 

 

As far as the schedule, I have a teaching calendar & write when/ where I need to be.  This time of year, I have several incubation classes at different schools, so I keep the materials bagged up & ready to go.  All I have to do is grab a hen, or chicks, or eggs.  The papers, books, & lab supplies are already in the car for whatever lesson I'm doing.  I talked most of the schools into writing a mini grant to get their own incubators.  I help them set it up before the class & they must monitor it.  Making the brooder is one of the classes so the kids do that.  Some schools pay me for teaching the classes, others are considered volunteer but they pay me for supplies & give a thank you "gift."  I use the exposure to invite kids to my mini summer science camps.  In time my name was passed around, so I now get calls from people asking, "Would you be willing to teach......?"  Often dissections or chemistry, but hey anything that pays a little side money, helps me stay home with my kids.  (Being a stay at home mom never means you actually stay home.)  I have thought about going back into the classroom, but it truly takes up my whole life.  Before kids, that was fine, but I have found a way to teach on the side. 

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I turned a Pack N Play into a big brooder & tried out the "Mama Heating Pad" method of brooding.  Both experiments were very successful.  In the past I always had a batch of chicks in the living room in a plastic tub under a heat lamp for 2 weeks.  DUSTY!  Then I moved them into the garage (rabbit cage) with their heat lamp.  I could not hatch too many, and never started before mid April.

I forgot about the pack n play brooder. You did mention that before. I think I will hunt around at some garage sales soon!  Our current living arrangement does not allow me to make a mess in the house for very long and the barn is not heated or wired with electric.

 

Thank you for the insight!! 

 

p.s. I do have to say that I am totally envious of your organizational skills. 

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I forgot about the pack n play brooder. You did mention that before. I think I will hunt around at some garage sales soon!  Our current living arrangement does not allow me to make a mess in the house for very long and the barn is not heated or wired with electric.

 

Thank you for the insight!! 

 

p.s. I do have to say that I am totally envious of your organizational skills

I don't have electricity in the coop.  (Only an outdoor extension cord to run the water bucket heater in the winter.   I have a housing around the outlet & plug to keep water out.)  I use my garage, so the car goes in the driveway for now.  

 

I laugh at the thought of having organizational skills.  I try, but my house looks messy.  I tend to dabble in so many things & have multiple projects going on at once.  Add 2 kids & the clutter can get overwhelming.  We joke that a large area of flat, open space is an abomination in our house.  As soon as I clear off a counter top, everyone comes home & clutters it back up.  We also have a few scary closets.  Perhaps that's why I like to spend a lot of time outside.  Of course, my garden is far from weed-free.  Every year, I start out neat, but by August, the plants must fend for themselves.


Edited by Faraday40 - 4/14/16 at 9:03am

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Our current living arrangement does not allow me to make a mess in the house for very long and the barn is not heated or wired with electric.

Be a rebel smile.png This 300 gallon stock tank (8.5' x 3' by 2') brooder got setup last night in the house due to outdoor temps not cooperating as expected... We are not happy about brooding in the house yet again but sometimes it's the path of least resistance...


Edited by MeepBeep - 4/14/16 at 11:10am
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Be a rebel smile.png This 300 gallon stock tank (8.5' x 3' by 2') brooder got setup last night in the house due to outdoor temps not cooperating as expected... We are not happy about brooding in the house yet again but sometimes it's the path of least resistance...

WOW!  That thing is AWESOME!!

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It's a crazy chicken week here.

I set eggs at a preschool last week & will return on Mondays to visit / teach mini lessons.  On Monday, we also locked down 20 test eggs - idunno.gif They somehow found their way into my incubator?????  We already had 2 chicks hatch tonight (an EE and a Bielefelder male) and 10 pips.  Looks like most will hatch tomorrow  - day 21.
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Today I set eggs at a second preschool classroom where I am teaching a park district class.  On Tuesday I went in to set up the incubator & was told that I had 7 students, but an additional kid was likely going to join.  Today I was handed a class list of 11!!  I scrambled to gather a few more supplies.  The class went well, we set some eggs, & I brought in a few hens.  The topic was chicken anatomy.  Most kids didn't know the difference between a chicken, hen, & rooster, so the kids learned a lot.  Next week, we'll do egg activities.

Yesterday I sold most of the remaining orig test hatch chicks.  I'm keeping some of the "80s hair band" (Appenzeller Spitzhauben), so they are moving to a cage inside the run tomorrow.  Not a moment too soon because I need the brooder cleaned out for tomorrow's hatchlings.

Like I said, it's been a crazy chicken-themed week.  This is what I need because my mom died 1 year ago today.  We visited the cemetery this morning & I had a good cry.  Next week is the anniv of the funeral  & the day after that, her birthday.  Keeping busy distracts me during this rough time.  Yesterday Cuddles was acting off again.  I brought her inside for a long session of chicken therapy.  I think it helped both of us.  Thank you to everyone here who has been praying for our family.

Here's a pic of my mom & I. Also a more recent one of my parents. We were close & talked daily.  I miss her.

 

Praying as always for your family and your peace. Also totally jealous I want to attend one of you classes lol wink.png
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I don't have electricity in the coop.  (Only an outdoor extension cord to run the water bucket heater in the winter.   I have a housing around the outlet & plug to keep water out.)  I use my garage, so the car goes in the driveway for now.  

I laugh at the thought of having organizational skills.  I try, but my house looks messy.  I tend to dabble in so many things & have multiple projects going on at once.  Add 2 kids & the clutter can get overwhelming.  We joke that a large area of flat, open space is an abomination in our house.  As soon as I clear off a counter top, everyone comes home & clutters it back up.  We also have a few scary closets.  Perhaps that's why I like to spend a lot of time outside.  Of course, my garden is far from weed-free.  Every year, I start out neat, but by August, the plants must fend for themselves.

I'm also totally in awe of your honesty here. I think many people many that I know although we like the idea of a clean clutter free house it just doesn't happen like that. Life gets in the way. Having no children yet but we do have 5 cats(because we have hand/bottle raised 4 that people then backed out on) and two dogs things get crazy around here. Especially this spring with us hatching and selling chicks. Not to mention four pullets that went broody within a week and a half of each other.

I love plants so our house also includes a mini greenhouse which currently houses tulips, aloes, a young avocado tree, geraniums and some other green plants. I have asthma and allergies(mostly seasonal) but I have found keeping plants in the house also helps chase away my winter blues and keeps the air in the house fresher and cleaner when it's still too cold to open the house up. Our kitchen window sil also houses three small avocado saplings and a tulip or two, as well as a miniature rose bush. Then there are the garden starters that get moved around depending on if the weather is nice enough if the sun porch(most of the plants will be in the sun porch or placed outside when the weather permits). So that adds a measure of clutter I admit. But I love it. Who doesn't love seeing green and flowering plants in the dead of winter. That being said. I am still moving stuff into DH2B's and my house and my mother who lived with us for a year is just now moving out to take care of my Grandma once again. So clutter boxes and and general chaos reins lol. That all being said the animals are really not too imposing and are generally quite well behaved as the clutter clears up and bookshelves and such get moved things will find their place. Hopefully I can find a happy medium between my constant projects, DH2B's projects and some open space can be found lol
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Be a rebel smile.png This 300 gallon stock tank (8.5' x 3' by 2') brooder got setup last night in the house due to outdoor temps not cooperating as expected... We are not happy about brooding in the house yet again but sometimes it's the path of least resistance...


Love the brooder! We currently have a smaller half of the building our flock is in(separate rooms) as a large brooding area. It has one smaller plastic stock tank suspended from the wall which is being used by a broody and her two chicks, a large metal stock tank separating the usable space from current storage which we plan to clear to increase the usable space, also being used by a broody and her three chicks, and the rest of the room tonight will have two heat lamps suspended from the first stock tanks support triple attached for safety and the rest of our chicks 6 6 week olds and 25-30 2 week old chicks will be moving in to the rest of the room. We are doing some reorganizing of the chicks and broodies BC our broodies were not getting along and we want to get the two week olds out of the large box in the house.

We also have a third broody, buff Orpington- the other two are silkies with her 8 chicks in a corner of the other side of the building with the main flock separated by a chicken wire enclosure for their saftey. In truth I would pity any bird who got near that momma's chicks. She's been good with us but she is a forced to be reckoned with.
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Be a rebel smile.png This 300 gallon stock tank (8.5' x 3' by 2') brooder got setup last night in the house due to outdoor temps not cooperating as expected... We are not happy about brooding in the house yet again but sometimes it's the path of least resistance...

:love  I would take it as a personal challenge to fill that brooder up!  Fill the incubators to the max!!!!

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WOW!  That thing is AWESOME!!
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Love the brooder!

Thanks, I have had the stock tank for a few years now, picked it up when I 'adapted' my llamas and goats the farmer tossed it with a bunch of other stuff he no longer needed, it was brand new never used and has been collecting dust for a few years in the barn... So literally last night I whipped together the top for it, in the driveway under the dim illumination of the driveway area light finished it about 3:30AM last night, not having neighbors and the ability to use power tools in the middle of the night comes in handy... It's working well, thus far, directly under the heat lamp is 102° and it's plenty big for them to find their ideal temp...
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We currently have a smaller half of the building our flock is in(separate rooms) as a large brooding area.

I'm doing something similar with breeding pens and brooders in a separate area of the coop building but it's slow going and not ready yet...
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love.gif   I would take it as a personal challenge to fill that brooder up!  Fill the incubators to the max!!!!

I'm sure it will get it's fair share of use, right now it only has the 18 chicks that I just got in the mail this morning and they have PLENTY of room...
Edited by MeepBeep - 4/14/16 at 12:53pm
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Here are some close up of a Spitzhauben.  They are the funniest little birds.

This is all the same bird - just diff angles.  If anyone has one, do you have a gender guess based on these pics?

 

I held on to 4 in hopes that we'll have one keeper pullet.

 

 

 

 

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Looks like everyone is so busy hatching and receiving chicks. Love all the different brooders, being shown. I love the trough brooder @MeepBeep! I have a friend that ordered 2 of them for an elevated vegetable garden.  I have finally moved most of the chicks out to the garage. I found a metal dog play yard, 36 in high and 4 ft diameter, on GroupOn a while ago, and set it up yesterday and moved almost everyone out. I did put some of the plastic fencing around the bottom so they can't slip out, but they have much more room now and seem to be enjoying it. Will get some pics tomorrow. Last 2 egg in the incubator are due to hatch Sunday. I also have 2 broodies sitting on eggs, yes 1 of the mottled cochin bantams went broody, haven't even gotten a chance to look to see whats under her, hopefully not much. I know that Minnie is sitting on 8 eggs and still doing well. I did catch her out on Wednesday dust bathing, so when I went to make sure no one was laying eggs in her nest, there was Thelma (CCL) again this year, playing surrogate. She seems to give the broody mama a break, and sits on the eggs while they are out eating or dust bathing.  She did the same for Clara last year. @Faraday40 your chicks are adorable!

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. My flock consists of Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Buff Orp, Leghorn, CCLegbar, BB Marans, Blue Isbars, BBS Orps, Choc Orp, Silver laced Orp, Partridge Orp, Silver laced Bantam Cochin and Blue and Black Mottled bantam cochins.
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I am a wife, mother and grandmother. My flock consists of Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Buff Orp, Leghorn, CCLegbar, BB Marans, Blue Isbars, BBS Orps, Choc Orp, Silver laced Orp, Partridge Orp, Silver laced Bantam Cochin and Blue and Black Mottled bantam cochins.
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