Originally Posted by henless
How many chickens do you have? Those babies are so cute! Don't you love your heat plate? I have a premier, plus I use a heating pad. I used it this summer for the CLs. I thought it would be too hot using the heat plate with no way to adjust the temp for the summer. The heating pad worked great!
I was at Atwoods today (twice) and it was so hard to walk away from the fluffy blue/splash silkies that they had. *sigh* I never thought I'd be a silkie fan, but the babies are so cute and they make such good mamas! DH asked me why I didn't get some (ain't he so nice?). I told him I didn't have an extra pen yet. I refuse to buy babies unless I have a coop ready. I do have one in progress, but had to lay off the building for a while due to a slipped vertebrae.
I talked to the breeder I got my CLs from. She said she would send me a pic of her blue eggs, as soon as they get back to laying. They stopped about 3 weeks ago due to molting. I barely got my babies in time!
Too many... Too many chickens. It'll be better once some of them go off to freezer camp as planned, but that won't be until around Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I'm hauling the tractor around my lot in the meanwhile... So sad - I texted my mother to tell her I got 5 baby chicks, and she texted back, "Only 5?" Chicken math is scary. I REALLY need to stay away from that section of the feed store from now on.
Fuzzy butts are all so cute. And yes, I do love the panel heater - and I used a bigger one for the big 25 chick batch. Seems to do a better job of letting the chicks decide what heat they need (vs. overheating them and having them under lights 24 hours, which was my personal difficulty with heat lamps). The chicks I just got were used to the heat lamp (at the feed store, for that day or so). It being their first night with me, they strayed away and then were huddling together wondering where the heat went, so I had to scoot them back under Yellow-Mama for the night. They figured it out quickly, though.
My aches, pains, and minor injuries (including arthritis flare in my neck) have finally settled down from building my Cream Legbars their coop and building the tractor - just in time to start it all up again for the second coop. I spent most of the day digging and leveling blocks for the foundation (site not on level ground, unfortunately). So begins the season of pain (again). (So sorry to hear about your slipped disk - I know it hurts, I ruptured one in my neck about 10 years ago.)
Off to bed - full day of hard labor ahead.
- Ant Farm