Hi everyone. First time posting here (and first time owning chickens), but I've been reading this thread for some time.
I've made my MHP cave and brought home 4 one week old chicks today. After giving them a drink they cozied right in under MHP, but they are basically staying in their cave. Does that mean the rest of the brooder is too cool? I'd say the ambient temperature is about 70. It may be they are still stressed from the move and are just feeling safer in there for right now, but I thought I'd ask you good folk. Thanks!
Hello & Welcome to BYC! I, too am relatively new to chickens. I just got a "Pet Playpen" to use as a brooder box and have constructed 2 "caves" for 2 of the large Sunbeam HPs that I got from Amazon. I got some fleece fabric on sale to cover them cause I have no older towels/pillowcases. Now I just need to put it all together. Then I'll be posting pics as my membership fee to the Broody Brigade ;-). I'm expecting 26 chicks imminently! YAY! Hope you enjoy BYC and all the great folk on here. I've gotten an incredible amount of knowledge and great ideas on here. (Thanks to all of you & God Bless!)