Originally Posted by suburbanchickchick
Thank you Illia and Weaveagarden!
I moved the whole brooding/chick operation into the master bathroom. It is the only room in the house yet to be remodeled and we don't use it. Since it needs to be gutted anyway we decided to let that be the brooding area. After adding some shavings to the bathroom, I just picked up the nesting box (old wooden vegetable crate) with Mama, baby and the egg in it and carried it inside. Tina is ecstatic and clearly loves her new baby suite. I am hoping the other egg will hatch but if not I am thinking I need to find another chick - any spare newly hatched chicks out there?
Eagle - do you have any more chicks or any on the way?
I am already tired of the cold and am wishing I was in Florida! Speaking of cold - those of you who heat your water - what do you use? The only water heaters I have found are big ones for stock tanks. I use a pretty small tub for the chickens now so I can clean it out easily.
Keep warm folks!
I am about to do the same thing of moving the brooder into to the master bathtub. The 3 day old chicks are in a large dog crate right now on my formal teak dining room table. I think with 12 chicks, that they are going to need a bit more space. I am going to line the bathtub with an inexpensive shower curtain so they dont ruin the jetted tub. I also seem to have a broody Silkie hen, and I think I am going to see if she will mother the chicks, instead of sitting on nothing. She keeps sitting on the other hens eggs, and I am so mean to her that I take them away each day.
I think I might look into a water heater, but for now I have a about a gallon size chicken water thing that I put in the coop. I am finding that I need to refill it about 3 times a day. I hate having the water in the coop. It makes such a mess in the coup. I hope others have ideas on how to keep the water from freezing. The coup is just above freezing tonight. I put a second heat lamp in the coup today, and the girls are tucked up underneath the lamps. They are looking OK, and the water is still unfrozen. I think that the thermometer is too close to the window. I know the greenhouse is warmer, but it is really full with all the plants that I am trying to winter over. I am really going to cry if the plants dont make it this year.
I am ready to really snowbird, and head for Santiago Chile. Its summer there and there isnt much of a time zone change. I just don't know how I can take all the dogs, cats, and chickens with me every year, and also convince the DH to join me there. I could live with spring and summer twice every year. I could really get into missing fall and winter every year.
Goodnight all! I really need to go to bed.