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What a good idea! I need t do some looking around the property for a cabinet or something like it. hugs Thanks!

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Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?

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post #22 of 24

I put our (20) 5 week old Sussex in an outside pen today.  They were in a partially covered cattle tank in our unheated garage for the last 3 weeks.  I used a 250 watt heat lamp, switched to a 100 watt, started turning it off during the day, then switched to a 40 watt bulb on during the day for light.  They're bedded well, in a cattle tank turned upside down on a wood floor.  When I shut the 'door' on them at dusk they were softly peeping in their coop.  They appear to generate a lot of body heat.  It was in the 30's, but warm inside their coop.


Edited by OHGrandma - 3/26/11 at 7:09pm
post #23 of 24
I guess I wonder why people get chicks and then want them out as quickly as possible. So they make noise and smell a bit. People sure do. They're babies! Don't have the time or patience for them,don't have any. I never had the time to have fun with mine when I worked. Now I'm retired and loving being with my little ones. I have a large wire dog crate for the 6 girls and pine shaving and roost. I had my husband make a small hanging feeder from a plastic container. More fun for them, a chicken ball with treats. At night I pull the crate cover over the crate. They are fully
Y feathered and adorable. I talk to them all day and they listen. They eat from my hand and I make them treats. Cooked rice and fresh grass clippings. Our weather is too cold. They will go out in a bottomless crate for a bit on nice days,then move to the coop in the crate(covered at night) until the big birds can be trusted. So there's my opinion. Oh very disturbing to hear no proper shelter. Getting wet? Shake it off? I think this is totally inexcusable.
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I guess I wonder why people get chicks and then want them out as quickly as possible. So they make noise and smell a bit. People sure do. They're babies! Don't have the time or patience for them,don't have any. I never had the time to have fun with mine when I worked. Now I'm retired and loving being with my little ones. I have a large wire dog crate for the 6 girls and pine shaving and roost. I had my husband make a small hanging feeder from a plastic container. More fun for them, a chicken ball with treats. At night I pull the crate cover over the crate. They are fully
Y feathered and adorable. I talk to them all day and they listen. They eat from my hand and I make them treats. Cooked rice and fresh grass clippings. Our weather is too cold. They will go out in a bottomless crate for a bit on nice days,then move to the coop in the crate(covered at night) until the big birds can be trusted. So there's my opinion. Oh very disturbing to hear no proper shelter. Getting wet? Shake it off? I think this is totally inexcusable.


It may be helpful to note that the last post on this thread was from 2011 -and that there is not just one "right" way to do things.


Edited by Ol Grey Mare - 4/7/16 at 3:23pm
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