Originally Posted by duluthralphie
I will be visiting the feed stores to see what I can get.
The problem is when I get a low protein feed it means the carbs are at a higher ratio, I have to watch the carbs on them too. I keep my CX's separate from my layers. I am thinking of making a hoop coop/run for the CX's over the winter. I have learned you cannot free will feed a CX and get a long life from it. Even with the meaties I am only feeding a little over a half pound of feed per bird per day. BUT I do free range them so it is hard to tell what they really eat.
I have an insulated shed I can use heat lamps in and it does have a propane furnace in it, if need be. I am thinking around 20 -25 roosters earl and 5 hens. I suppose I will have to buy them from Runnings or TSC in March as that is too early to mail them.
Actually, Ralphie, March is when the big rush starts for shipping chicks, so you could get some shipped if you wanted enough at that time.
Klop - I have kept chicks in an unheated garage in January with a heat lamp on them and just adjusted it from day to night. They are tougher than you think ;)
Here is a brooder design I used for a couple of years
I kept it in said garage. Something like this could easily be insulated from the outside and the hatch covered part way with plastic or a canvas to help hold heat in. I had two hooks for lights so I was able to have two of them running during the coldest times. This wasn't insulated though and they did quite well. I could even fit two plastic totes in there to have two separate groups. It was handy until I outgrew it ;) I am thinking I will be setting something similar up in the brooder house this fall for the next season. With the changes I am making with how much I will be hatching, I won't need the current set up I have out there. I do recommend lining brooders with something easier to clean that plywood though. Menards has plastic 4X8 sheets in white that are used in bathrooms for around sinks and tubs that I started using and can be scrubbed when it gets poopy.
Even though it is cloudy today, it feels a bit warmer than the last few mornings! I had to run one of the scatterbrained teens to school this morning and there was no frost and not terribly uncomfortable.
Y'all have a fine day, I am trying to limit myself on how much time I fiddle around on my computer so I am not caught with too many project lingering when the snow flies. I know this goes against our goal of staying in the upper crust of groups, but I am willing to sacrifice it.