Originally Posted by Jubilee1111
OOOOH Look here little chickies ... I found you a yummy!
He does seem to like having his own little flock to look after.
You would not believe what I caught him doing last night..... He was crouched down in their brooder space with chicks all around him...the big ol' baby was snuggling with those chicks. Previously he has been on the roost, even on colder nights than last night, so I know it wasn't for the warmth. I just think he's lonely and feels matronly towards them.
I took a pic...I'll post it here later just for the laughs.
I lose it in shavings every time.
I was wondering if you had thought of just using leaves, straw or hay. They are all cheaper than shavings.
Another thing that Swamp and I have done is feed probiotics this year and I have virtually no smell at all in my coop/brooder. Even can pick up the chips with poop and hold it up to my nose and can't smell anything. Sure has made a difference in the smell and consistency of their poop. No squirts means dryer bedding. I've got 54 poopers in my coop and I've used one bag of shavings and one partial bale of hay and it's nice and dry, not overly soiled. I fluffed it for the first time today and still couldn't smell anything there.
Edited by Beekissed - 4/6/12 at 2:58pm