Okay...I don't want to get fined or go to jail so here is a photo. You cannot see much of what I discussed in my last post. The temp water bottle is hung on the kennel cage door. The heating pad is tucked under the 2x4 "roost" I constructed for just that and to give them their own selection of how much heat they want. Newest, littlest chick is in the foreground (adopted today).
We went to the feed store today and they had just acquired a big batch of week-old peepers. I could use a bit of help if any of you can see in the photo good enough to tell me...what is this breed I just brought home with me? The clunk at the store, I mean clerk, didn't know any of the five breeds he had in stock...I just reached in a grabbed one that didn't look like mine at home. What I'm hoping you'll say is RIR, Maran, or White Leghorn; or I'll find out when she grows a little bigger. Her wing feathers were a row of small and a final row of long...hopefully a hen. The older chicks (6 weeks) don't seem to care to bother her and at all for which I'm very fortunate.
The older chicks have been spending the sunny hours outside in the cage/hut I built for them. The hut rests above the run cage and they haven't yet discovered how to get from upper to lower levels on the ramp. I still have a little more work to do on it including the water nipples. So far everything has gone well and the girls appear to be in the best of health.
I'm not sure, but I think it's about time they should be transitioning from starter feed (powdery) to the next step. I have been grinding wheat grain, rolled oats, O.Reddenbacher popcorn, egg shells, pumpkin and squash seeds in my Bullet grinder. The grains crack down to about 1/4 their full size and there is some that gets powdered. I'm certainly no expert on chicken feed, but I have felt this to possibly be good for them. I haven't come upon any ideas for drying and grinding up carnivorous treats to add that type of protein to their feed. Maybe some of you can help me get educated with this. I'm growing alfalfa, oats, peas, barley, and a few other grains so they'll have some fresh sprouts to scratch through in a couple of months.
When we get to our Summer cabin there will be thousands of grasshoppers for them to digest, and other insects. Our German Shepherd already does a pretty decent job of protecting them when they are out of their cages, so random foraging should be abundant for them.
If there is anything you see or read here please let me know quickly so I can remedy the problem and keep them healthy. Thanks
Well, I just took this photo about 10 minutes ago. Hope it posts well.