Originally Posted by duluthralphie
I thought my MHP went nuts and hurt my week old babies last night!
My Wife and I were watching TV, ( a Friday night out for us) catching up on the shows we missed during the week. The way this works is we start watching a show and I fall asleep, she continues to watch, then goes to bed leaving me in my chair.
I woke up from TV watching to the sound of my chicks screaming the distressed chick call! My wife was in the dining room walking, I asked what was wrong with the chicks, as I crawled out of my chair to check on them.
She said T"They are Peed at me ( not really using peed), for turning their light off, they do not think it is bedtime yet"...
As soon as they settled under the MHP they were happy. IT was funny, they were as loud as primates in the zoo when they get excited! I usually use a very dim light before I turn the lights off them completely, I guess she did not know the routine.
I have found that this is actually the biggest challenge for me when brooding inside, because they do NOT cope well to sudden changes in the light, and the mudroom where they are has full length windows into the living room. There IS natural light that comes in the front windows of the mudroom, but it's always a bit dim, so once the sun is properly up (and on weekdays, when I'm walking out the door to go to work), I turn on the light. I have learned that I HAVE to turn off the light right when I get home, though, so that they then can have the gradual decrease in light as the natural light goes away. If I forget, there's LOTS of screaming, and I have to rig some gradual decrease in lighting to get them to be in the dark - a real pain.
(I try to remind myself that they can't see well in the dark, and need the gradual decrease in light to find their way to where they want to sleep.)
- Ant Farm
Edit: I should add that because I need to have the lights out in the living room, I can't clean or tidy in the evenings. It's a real mess - looking forward to moving them outside (once I build their growout pen!)
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 2/27/16 at 5:44am