Originally Posted by henless
~ If you notice, every MHP that has been posted on here is unique. No two are just alike. Some are similiar, but none are exactly like another one. What you need to do is step back and decide how you want to make your MHP (you should have done this and made it before ever getting your chicks). Once you decide how you want yours to look, then make it and stick with it. Your not going to have time to enjoy your chicks with all the changes you are doing every day. The best part of having chicks is watching them. They are so cute!! I love to sit out and watch my chickens. They are so entertaining!
I wish you good luck with your chickens!
Yeah, you're probably right about that. Maybe I will just leave it as is, they actually seem pretty happy as is and actually stayed under when I put them under for the first time. (Last night all but the two EEs stayed and they were on top screaming for the others to join them for quite a while before finally sleeping LOL) so that's good. One chick tonight started making noise again though so I checked (with a flashlight this time so as not to wake them up) and she had simply come out and not known how to get back in so with the light she got a drink and went back under. Of course then an Orp ran out and grab a couple bites to eat then another poked her head out but didn't come out so I tucked them back under and turned the light off. The.Orp actually went back under on her when I turned the flashlight off. So I'm guessing they like this MHP mucb better than the box.
I think they were outgrowing the box. But yeah, all were under and quiet except the little one who managed to get out. And normally I would have just left them to cry themselves to sleep but it sounded like the whole flock (some.of those chicks are LOUD) so was worried one fell out.
You're definitely right and they're already growing so fast.
And so far all I've done is make adjustments or go up for a couple minutes, manage to snag them one at a time and take a couple pictures, then just put them to bed. Now, I'm working on not snagging them and have been feeding them from my hand.and it's going well but it's still only a couple minutes. What I really need to do is go sit with them because you're right, watching them is the best part and before I know it they will be adults.
As for making it beforehand, yeah, I'm really not sure why I didn't. I mean, they did get here sooner than expected (hatched 10/26, got here next day. I figured I'd have an extra day) but even so, I ordered them September 18th so plenty of time so really don't know what I was thinking. Hadn't even set up brooder or anything. But luckily it didn't take long and now I have the wire frame as of yesterday and all but the poor dead chicky are doing well. I'm thinking I may just leave MHP alone because I mean, it's working for them and why mess with a good thing, right? I can always mess with it the.next round.of chicks I guess. They're growing up so fast.
Speaking of which, does anyone know if EE's are particularly loud or spirited or if I may have a roo? Because they're both feisty and flapping about (actually, they're pretty efficient fliers already so more like flying) all over the brooder but one.is actually pretty quiet but the other is CONSTANTLY making noise it seems. That was the one crying for the others last night from atop MHP. Also a few days ago I held it and it must have been cheeping for at least a couple minutes because I recorded it near the end and.that was at least a minute long but it did it for a long time before that. And it was LOUD. Like deafening. So I put it back ASAP. Now, maybe this.chick just didn't like being held but most others just peep a little or try to escape and get back to the brooder. This one was just screaming at the top of.it's lungs until I put it back. It also sometimes hangs back while the others eat but then sometimes does plow in so maybe it.just gives up when it can't find a spot. I don't know, I really hope it's not a roo because it's really cool coloring. I hope it's not a loud hen either. The EEs have been the first to feather though and the biggest so far, they already have what looks like a full row of wing feathers whereas the others only have a couple or half or some chicks (only like one or two I think) barely have any. It's certainly interesting.
Sorry, rambling now I guess but you just got me thinking about how fascinating they are. I really need to spend more time just sitting with them. I'm hoping though that with the new, much bigger, HC brooder in the garage that I will be able to sit down in it.with them and.just hang out with them or set up a chair outside it and.watch or something