Originally Posted by realsis
seeing the success and creativeness of everyone does inspire me and give me confidence. Although I must admit without hubby's insistence I would have been to timid to try it. Hubby saw the brilliance in it instantly! After I showed him the thread he absolutely insisted we brood our chicks this way. me being afraid to try new things was uncomfortable but he thought this idea was absolutely GENIUS!!
I don't know why I get so afraid to differ from the "old ways". I guess im just getting old myself! now that the idea has set in, I'm pretty excited about it. For those who are curious the Matt was purchased from Amazon to use for seedlings. it goes to 100 degrees and has a thermostat control (bought separately but made to fit the seedling matt) this winter it has been under my tortoises. Do you all think the Matt will work out for the chicks? the tortoises haven't touched the matt, it's under their shelter.
just remember you are trying to emulate nature... Watch a momma hen some time.... they will be out and about and those chicks will be zooming back and forth for a warmup yep even in the snow.
Just listen to the chicks If they cheep alot they are too cold. If you provide space for them to get away from the heat and they spend most of their time away its too hot.
Also As Beekissed says too warm and you risk pasty butt.
Now that I have said all this I have to say I havent done this yet. But when I do I will be starting with about 50 Guineas and about 25 Sumatra. once done and I have them in the coop then I start on my little projects.
Guineas for sale meat and eggs and keets
Sumatras because they are wily enough to run with the guineas and are incredible broodies.
and some BEEKER babies..... runner ducks
Muscovys for meat and broodies Runner ducks for eggs.
all for entertainment...