So I incubated a small batch of eggs in a homemade incubator and ended up with one little peep in the end. Since I started another batch right away, I wanted to hold off on getting him a little friend. I even gave him a little stuffed animal to hold him over.
Two afternoons ago I went to clean out the little guy's brooder and move him to a bigger one. I took out all of the stuff (water dish, food bowl, stuffed animal, thermometer, etc.) And I placed all of it in the bigger brooder ...Or so I THOUGHT I did.
That little peep threw a fit the moment I placed him back in his new brooder. He continuously peeped at a very high pitch and was jumping around, just plain old freaking out.
We tried everything from taking him out and trying to keep him company, warming him up, and all the way to putting him back in his old brooder. NOTHING. So we figured he just went mental.
This went on all throughout the night too, poor thing didn't get a wink of sleep. And poor us. Had to sleep all the way on the other side of the house and could still hear him clear as day.
We were puzzled.
The next morning I just sat there and thought. There had to be something I could do to fix this. And then it hit me.
His little thermometer. I never put it back in. I had put it in my incubator when I changed his brooder just to check and see if my other thermometer was reading correctly.
So I grabbed it out of the incubator and put it back in the brooder. SILENCE. He went right over to it, laid down, and fell asleep.
The little peep and his thermometer.