I've been so busy today....I was running around all day trying to find any chicks. I only have the two that hatched so I'd like to add a couple of more, but no place I checked had any. Well, that's not quite true...one place had a bin of Red Sex Links...all pullets...except they were all yellow, every one of them. I shouldn't have said anything, but I did. After I commented that if those were indeed RSL chicks, they were all roosters, the guy dismissed everything else I said. So I had to pull his chain a little. (I really need to pick up smoking again before I make enemies out of the entire world!) First he spent so much time trying to talk me into buying them, and then when I acted like I was considering it he took me over to the display where they had "chick brooder kits" on sale. I just looked at him and said, "It comes with a heat lamp?" He proudly nodded. You should have seen his face when I said I'd never allow a heat lamp in my house, garage or even in my yard. He sorta sniffed and said, "Well, you absolutely need to have a heat lamp. Chicks have very strick (his word) heat requirements." I told him I'd take the chick starter, the pack of vertical nipples and then asked where they kept their heating pads. I don't remember much after that....he shot daggers into me when I told him that's all I use. So I guess I'll order some. Good thing MHP is so quick to accept new babies.
Keep the photos coming...I love it!
I can't recall everyone who asked questions and I forgot to multi-quote as I caught up, so bear with me and forgive my old forgetful brain!
About the flower pot. Um, in a word, nope. Sounds like a great theory because the clay holds heat. But the curve is too high. They can't get the heat right at their backs when they're under it, and they can't get up there and stay up there easily when they want to hang around up there. The big opening and the porous nature of the pot just doesn't work well. Now, that said, we did have someone who used it, but she lived in Mississippi and her chicks were outside. She piled straw inside, and they used it, but that entire "broody hen" feel wasn't there.
And I think it was ...oh, never mind, I'm not even gonna try to remember who it was..... anyway, you put the pad on whatever setting they are content to have. That's the reason behind so many of us saying to watch your chicks rather than the numbers - they'll tell you exactly what they want!
Whew!! Did I hit the high points? It's so awesome to have so many new names and chicks popping up here all the time, but I have trouble keeping up sometimes!