Originally Posted by TerryH
Yes. We always try to deal locally if we can. I know it obviously works but we were never comfortable with sending chicks through the mail. It was also nice to be able to get the amount of the breeds that we wanted without dealing with any minimums. There will also be same age replacements available for a while if we have any issues.
Edit: also priceless to pick them up and have them safe at home in 30 minutes.
That is great. What hatchery did you get them from?
Originally Posted by WyoJax
I'm so happy to say that this worried Mama is one proud Mama of her babies. We have made our transition from inside to garage with no issues whatsoever. And that's with snow on the first night out!! MHP is where it's at, these babies take care of their self and even my littlest baby is well taken care of by her bigger sisters. I'm almost wondering if she is going to catch up to them. Mini Gold Laced Wyn? Now I'm excited about getting this coop up and get them out into their home!!
Entirely possible she will catch up.
Originally Posted by GranolaGirl72
I just moved the chicks outside for the first time. They are one week old and I wanted to add more litter to their bedding. The sun is finally out and we have reached an unheard of 44° so I figured it would be a good time. MHP set on high, out into the driveway the box went. Fresh bedding in, water changed and found an old cookie rack to put over the top since they have started looking up. 5 minutes later I thought I had poisoned them! One of the chicks spread out a wing and fell over sideways with its head on the ground. It stood up, walked 2 steps and did it again. Over and over, what was happening!!!!!! Maybe I hurt it when I was spreading the new bedding? Maybe it is not really pine but cedar and it is in distress!!!!! Then it switched wings and did it again. All the sudden I realized, it was enjoying the sun I had not killed the little thing, rather made it so happy it was acting drunk. I have moved the feeder to the top of MHP for the next hour in order to give them as much of a sun pool to wallow in as possible.
What killed this chicken?
NOTHING! She's having a dust/sun bath. They are so funny when they sun and/or dust bathe.
Originally Posted by TerryH
Ok, you guys have to bear with me on this but I can't resist sharing this. We moved my mom, who will soon be 89 onto our street 7 years ago. We always had chickens and such growing up, She loved, loved, loved her chickens. I went and got her so she could check out the new babies. It was so fun to see her enjoying them!!
Here are a few pics...
I was a little misty eyed at her snuggling with the chick.
Too sweet!!! And just to show all the naysayers, this 89 Y/O woman thinks the MHP is a neat idea not a "you aren't doing it right, you will kill your chicks" naysayer. That is something coming from someone who has been around chickens for nearly a century.
Originally Posted by Bowldy45
The chicks will be here tomorrow!! Here is the brooder I have set up in the house so they can de-stress for the next couple of days, then I will move them out to the coop with the MHP!
I'm not seeing where the MHP will be in this setup. You want them having access to it from minute one, then move them out together.
Originally Posted by FlyWheel
I have a couple of questions about the heating pad, as you have the same make and model I have, do you happen to know the wattage of it? I figure it's somewhat less than the 250 watts of the heat lamp, but I can't find any info anywhere, either on the box, instructions or even the unit itself.
And two; how many weeks before the chicks no longer need it, at least not as a cave they can snuggle under?
Not even close to 250W, more like 60 or 70. Remember a heat lamp is intended to heat a space, a pad to heat a surface (like your back or the chicks' backs).
Originally Posted by Blooie
Nope, no roosters, @aart And LG, I don't know anyone "locally" to get eggs from....um from whom to get eggs... Lots of folks around here have chickens, but only two with roosters and I'm telling ya, I wouldn't buy eating eggs from either of them, <shudder> Ken said last night that as much as we travel, I should just go post on the Wyoming page where we're going to be - Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, etc. and when, and if any one there has hatching eggs at that time we could pick them up while we're there.
HOWMSOEVAH - Last night about 12:30 we saw a pip...just the tiniest little thing and it looked a lot like x. Not much bigger! I was so excited! I just knew we'd have a chick by sometime today. Woke up at 4:45 to cheeping...and CHEEPING.....and got up. Turned on the light and saw this little critter in there!
Now I just noticed that another egg in there is rocking a bit. So.....woo hoo!! This is a little Olive Egger and his/her name is Yokel.
Originally Posted by mobius
Yokel is a GREAT chicken name...this is so eggciting!
Green Magnolia...wow...I am clueless...(not a rare occurrence)...
Noob, EVERYONE knows what a Green Magnolia chicken is!
Um, I can't even find a reference on Google! Must be someone's "project" (not yet a) breed or something/
Originally Posted by Coop de Grass
@lazy gardener. I picked up 26 Black Copper Marans eggs locally. We are mid hatch - 7 so far, 2 more pips, still 7 that are maybe... 10 were tossed as we went along because they were clearly not progressing. The percentage is still not what I eggspected, but better than the eggs I"ve ordered online!
BTW, I could have ordered from this keeper of fine chickens, but since they were about 1.5 hours away, I made the drive.
I would too! Not only do you get them faster but they have a MUCH shorter and easier trip.
Originally Posted by Blooie
I am so happy to see new names popping in, and glad that MHP is working well for you. My friend @Ridgerunner reminded me that this isn't really a new idea - it's a version of the big hovers that used to be used for large scale operations - well, still are for that matter. I never even thought of that!! But that's what it is...just on a very small, backyard chicken owner's scale!
Yep. Hover brooders in big barns. Localized heat, ambient temps elsewhere, just like a hen. They use light bulbs for heat though so not giving the natural day/night experience.
Originally Posted by Ridgerunner
Originally Posted by Moxiechick
After reading this thread, I decided to try this method for my chicks, who just arrived this morning! I had the heating pad on all last night so it would be nice and toasty for them when they arrived. I was a little concerned yesterday, as the thermometer placed inside the cave barely registered around 80, but then I decided to see what the temp would be for a baby chick, who would be closer to the pad than the substrate.
So I folded a glove, and placed it inside the cave towards the back with a thermometer on top, and when I checked it a little while later, it registered a perfect 95.
I only got to spend a little time with the chicks this morning before heading to work. I dunked their little beaks in the water, showed them the food, then placed each one in the cave. They stayed huddled in there for a little while, (who can blame them after such a long trip in a box!) so I went and took my shower. When I came back to check on them before leaving, they were gathered around the food and water, and seemed quite happy. I'll continue to monitor them and hope this method works as well for my little ones as it has for everyone here that's tried it.
Good thinking. Hot air rises. Although I never use a thermometer myself I think using one for someone starting out can be a confidence booster, but like any tool it has to be used correctly. You did and you alerted others on here about it.
More dense cold air sinks, forcing warm (less densely packed molecules) up But in the case of the MHP, or a hen, the heat is already at the top.
I agree, I think @Moxiechick may be the first person to post a temp AT the pad, where the chicks will be getting their heat, rather than the air space in the cave.
Originally Posted by poodlechicks
Thanks, aaart! I was looking for your post to quote along w lazy gardeners, but couldn't do both🙂
I'm not measuring the temp anymore. They seem so contented there!
If you want to quote more than one post, click the "Multi" button on each one you want to quote. On the last one click the "Quote" button, or if the last one you want to quote was already "Multi"ed just click the Reply button. If you change your mind abut a multi, click the button on that post again. I will be LIGHTER grey, not back to white.
Originally Posted by TerryH
Originally Posted by Jensownzoo
Well...being active and having something to care for does keep you going...
I wasn't planning on me being quite this active. What she really wants is to raise some at her house and then integrate those with ours when they are all ready to go into the coop. **shaking my head in disbelief**
Maybe you could move the whole brooder setup over to her house. It would be like having a hen brooding chicks out in the barn. You visit now and again but don't have to deal with any of the work