Originally Posted by COChix
Makes sense that they are not sleeping under it given your temps of 57 - 60's. I had ours inside a giant tub for about 1 week inside. They slept under the cave a lot at first. By day 7 they were outside in April in Colorado. Lows were mid 40's and as low as 31, they were in a small coop set up with the MHP. since they were outside they utilized the cave more into about week 3 for sleeping then they started to sprawl out at the opening And around the front of the cave.
Interestingly, they don't want to sleep in it overnight (tried to put them under it thinking they got stranded away from it in the dark - they refused and all came back out so I gave up). They enjoy their pig pile instead (the previous chicks did this EXACT same thing) - as warm as it is, I really do think it's for comfort, and there are enough of them (14) to keep each other warm if it gets cooler overnight. But during the day, when I pop in to do a head count, one or two will always be under the MHP (not the same ones) - it seems to be more for quiet comfort and a nap.
When the Naked Necks were in the brooder, it was actually quite warm some days, when they were fully feathered and 4 weeks old (and waiting to move into their tractor). They just loved to cuddle and still slept in a big pile. They are now 24 weeks old, laying eggs, in a very nice coop with a hen house and roosts. They all still prefer to sleep in a pile on the coop run floor - the great big flock cockerel lets the little girls burrow under him to sleep. I spent a solid week or two trying to relocate them to the roosts each night before giving up (the whole thing is secure against predators).
Originally Posted by Blooie
Well, cat is out of the bag. Right now laying in hospital in Lovell Wyoming waiting for ambulance to take me to Billings for a heart cath and probable stenting this morning. This we did not expect already. Wish me luck!
On one hand, I'm sure sorry that you have to go through this. On the other hand, I'm glad it was detected and they are doing something about it right away. All my thoughts and prayers are with you right now.
- Ant Farm
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 2/19/16 at 5:32pm