Hey guys just got some pictures of our chickens:
This is fluffy butt (Nina)
This is Clara
This is rose
This is Rhonda
This is Rhoda got my first photo bommer today! :p
This is punzie ( Rapunzel)
And last but not least queen Elizabeth
They will be 1 year in 5 days!!!
Congrats! You have a lovely flock!
Who stole Spring??
I need some advice. I put my older chicks outside on the porch in a large brooder this week (to make room for the new little ones!) and then it got really cold. It is supposed to go down to 32 tonight. I am wondering if I need to bring them inside.
The brooder is enclosed except the part where I have 2 heat lamps, and the side against our windows so I can keep an eye on them and check the thermometer (and watch chick TV!). It has been staying between 60-62 degrees in there today during the day, the warmest it has gotten outside today is 48. I will cover the side against our windows with towels tonight (which I've done the past 2 nights). They have done okay the past 2 nights but it did not get down to freezing!.
We keep our house at about 65. This evening I may warm it up to 67-68 b/c I am having trouble keeping the little chicks at the right temp and they seem to do better, once the sun goes down, if the house is a little warmer.
Do I bring them in? They are about 5 1/2- 8 weeks old. They do huddle up to sleep, which they normally do except the one I think is a roo. He usually sleeps on the perch but has not been. These past couple days since it got cold he is snuggling with everyone. They are not as active as normal, but they are moving around and eating a ton. They are a little puffed up on and off but not all they time. With the back open I know they are getting drafts but those will be cut down once I cover the back. But it also is going to drop to freezing so...
What should I do- I need some expert advice!
Also, an unrelated comment - my parents are coming here, from Michigan next week. My first thought - "Ooo I wonder if Birdman has anything they could bring with them." Then I realized how horrified they would be at adding to my menagerie and transporting chicks across state lines. SIGH.
Piling would be my concern too. If you have any doubt, its a little more work, but better than losing chicks. This is a pretty frigid cold snap, I am even worrying over my pigs.