For those of you raising 'winter chicks', how did that go?
I am in north Georgia. No, we don't have the severe weather of northern states, but our last freeze date is March/April. We still have some freezing nights ahead. I am getting 15-20 baby chicks about March 7th (they'll be about a week old). The only place I can think to have them is in the house for a week, then boot them out to a shed with heater lights on. I purchased a few reflection things (like you put on your car windshield to deflect the sun). Had seen someone make a sort of hanging 'top' that is at about chick height, in part of an area with chicks. It has the light in it, so generates heat. Chicks come under the hanging reflector as they need the heat. Illustrations I saw were on a cement floor (which is what I have). Thought I'd put down a layer of flat cardboard, shavings. Cement blocks stacked 2 high for walls. The first week when the chicks are in our house, I'll put it together and give it a dry run ---- take temps, etc. Expand as necessary. Any input, or better ideas?