Hello again all! I'm expecting!.....chicks that is LOL! I am getting 5 more BO's (females), 2 SLW's (wanted 4, but that's all they had *pout*), 5 Speckled Sussex (females) and then 10 Welsummers (straight run). I am SO excited y'all, I can't even explain BUT I know that you all understand My mom and I are going to pick them up at the hatchery on the 22nd.
Last summer I had a couple hens go broody and I found this thread, but didn't end up needing the MHP, good mamas! And so now I am wanting to add to my flock and so here I am! I am planning on using the MHP, I got the heating pads (the x-large and the large to accommodate my 22 babies) and we are going to get it built this weekend. I will use a huge tote thing for the first day or so and then their lil fluffy butts will go out into the coop. We will get the permanent brooder built into the coop in the next week, DH has it all planned and the materials bought now, so we're hoping to get it done this weekend... Otherwise he said he will take off a day or two next week to get it done.
This is my first time raising chicks, as I bought my flock last year from a gal who was re-homing hers, they're two years old. I am NER.VOUS. But I've read through this entire thread and I feel as prepared as I can be. I love the advice I've seen about doing the best you can for them and leaving them in God's hands. I strive to live life that way, but admit I struggle with it regularly ;)
Anyway, I am so thankful for everyone who has posted and shared their experiences etc. it's all VERY helpful!!! I can't wait to pay my membership fee with PICS!!! Two weeks baby!!