Surprise Chick Arrives 3 days early!!??
I looked in Bonbon's brooder coop around 4:00pm this afternoon to give her a snack and I saw some fuzz. My first thought was that it was some of her tummy feathers, but I did a double-take when I saw a chick's face! I wasn't expecting that until next week.
I picked up 5 Black Bantam Cochin hatching eggs from @ellymayRans on Wednesday, Aug. 20th. I put them under Bonbon that evening around 9:00pm, so today is the 16th day. I don't think any others have hatched, but I'm not going to risk messing something up by looking. What do you experienced broody owners think?
Last time for her first hatch, Bonbon hatched all four eggs on the 19th day. I'm hoping this hatch goes well . . .
On the heat...what kind of heat source do you use?
I know there were several posted earlier such as the Sweeter Heater http://sweeterheater.com/ and radiant ceramic heat tiles http://www.shopthecoop.com/product/radiant-heaters-with-stand.html and http://www.shopthecoop.com/product/flat-panel-coop-heaters-for-pets.html
If your electricity goes off and it is off for a couple days or more, what do you do for backup heat?
The first winter I used a clamp lamp in which I wrapped wire around all of the components to join them together (including a safety cover) since clamp lamps are known to fall apart. I used a ceramic base and a ceramic heat emitter bulb as I had used in the past for bearded dragons. No problems. Last winter I removed the components to the clamp lamp and mounted the ceramic base and mounted a safety cover. No problems.
As I mentioned in my last post, the average temp range that my coop box was heated was 20 degrees higher than the rest of the coop, which according to my veterinarian, is a safe temperature range for chickens to adjust. If, for some reason, there were a need to provide heat during a power outage, our family room is approx. 10 feet from the coop and we have a gas fireplace.
Shop the Coop-- Not! (I still am catching up on old posts, so I hadn't seen that post/link) Last year I ordered the second radiant heat panel shown on Shop the Coop's site-- the no-name one. When it arrived, it turned out to be the "Cozy Legs" brand, which is made for underneath a desk(!) I turned it on just to check it out, and it barely emitted heat. Plus, it was a piece of junk so I returned it. I just checked the site out of curiosity and noticed that this model they listed is available for less at several places (I googled the name). ECO Heater T400U Wall Mounted Ceramic Convection … I don't know anything about it, but at least they have full disclosure! The Sweeter Heater looks interesting, and it states that it does not create a fire hazard when properly installed. Are the radiant ceramic heat tiles you're referring to the kind for people's homes or are there some designed for pets? I've heard of using heat mats for chickens, but it seems like an odd method if they're perching, but I'm not familiar with them.
Thanks for the links!
Just precious! Bantam breeds do usually hatch earlier, my OEGB usually come at 19 days. Doesn't matter if I incubate or let a hen hatch them, either.
That's so exciting!
I am looking hard at ceramic heaters for the house, propane is really getting ridiculous, We have a natural gas line they dug our yard up for, and told us we can't patch into it??!!?? I am still pretty ticked over that one. That reminded me I need to make calls and stomp my feet over it.
I also want to have one set up in the barn, or the office trailer for hatching and my incubator. I still incubate in the house, and hope to keep all of it in one location, someday.