Originally Posted by aart
We've had that swing a few times in the last month or so, a few days of 'spring' weather .....then more cold and snow/sleet/rain...Oh, wait, that is
spring weather in MI.......haha!
Was not going to rub it in...but we are back to warm and dry again.....I threw(literally) all the chicks out into the run.
Waterer ran out this morning, put the HNippler in, they all went right at it but most couldn't push hard enough. Let them struggle with it for a few hours, they'll get it eventually...then threw them out where there's another waterer.
I know, I know, take all
other water away.....my circus, my monkeys. ;-)
Dug up some of the hard packed ground and they dove in to roll around....they are so
That is ok, I know lots of people have this type of weather right now, just happen to be our turn. Gotta get my nipple waterer up and running for them.
Originally Posted by Blooie
Very well said!! Good job!! And I agree totally!
UGH...you can keep it down your way. I was supposed to get the chicks moved out today - they were actually in here longer than they should have been. Sweet Pea and Yokel hatched out Tuesday morning and were under MHP Tuesday afternoon. Then yesterday we bought the 7 new little ones. But we ran into a glitch with the outdoor pen....we have one side that seems to want to gap open. We know exactly how we want to fix that, so no problem there, but Ken had to go to Thermopolis for the day and I can't hold the pen and do the securing at the same time. Started having some minor chest pains last night too, so I'm taking it easy today. Don't panic - it's normal sometimes after stenting. Already had it checked out. So it looks like the little boogers will be in here until tomorrow. Don't like keeping them in the house this long. I like to get them out and acclimating and the longer they are indoors the more they adjust to a warmer ambient temperature.
Humidity isn't an issue that you even need to worry about. Their poop and respiration will bring that up soon enough, and I don't imagine the humidity under a heat lamp is much better. That's some hot, dry air right there! None of us (that I'm aware of anyway) even think about humidity. Sounds like they are doing just fine otherwise!
Exactly!! Now let me do a little "rubbing in" just to get even:
Sweet Pea and Yokel using the horizontal nipple. Took them several tries to figure out that if they even moved the little mechanism a little to the side, water came out. Not a lot, not as much as a full on press, but enough to satisfy them and keep them working at it. Oh, and this was Wednesday. They hatched Tuesday. The new chicks from the feed store are having a harder time with the concept,
Nice that thye picked it up quickly, I got to get ours set up. I understand about having them in the house and wanting to get them outside. However, enjoy their cuteness while you can once they get outside the become wild chicks.
So we have been having snow all day. I have checked the brooder all day. One time they had all escaped and all were really standing with the he adult flock under the coop. So I heard end them up, they were wandering outside their brooder. So I checked it, remember I had it on 4, it said 60. So I cranked it up to 6 and re-fluffed straw and added some more drier straw around their cave and on top. Grabbed them and then checked the temp later it was 73. The were chirping away annoying the heat, so I need to check them again soon and feed another round of FF slightly warmed (maybe I will give them an egg). Anyway, will check everything once again and take some pictures. So far so good, we will see how much snow we get overnight, little concerned.
Originally Posted by AllynTal
I cheated the door open a little last night and stuck the camera in for some blind shots.
Originally Posted by Finnie
Hi guys! Mind if I join in?
I think I'm still on page three, reading from the beginning. It's very interesting, but I want to jump in without reading all 578 pages!
I am really on board with this method of brooding, and since I am also newly on board with a new hatching addiction (including lurking on Blooie's Blankie Fort), I will be needing to set up more than my usual 1 brooder. I ordered a king size heat pad which is due to arrive today. But since I was impatient, and since I have this dog crate that started looking like a really good, but small, brooder, and since I already owned a regular-size continuous heat pad.... I decided to make a modified, mini version.
I did speed read through the Photo gallery for this thread so I would know how to copy making it. You guys are all really creative! I wanted to post the photos of making mine, since these were the kinds of photos that were so helpful for me to learn from.
I guess we'll find out if the scarf stays in place or if the chicks peck it and dismantle it. At least the clothes pins ought to provide them with something to play with. I put a remote sensor underneath it to test how warm it gets. But today's not a good test day, because it's over 70F in my garage. I'll have to monitor how cool it gets overnight when the temperatures drop to see if this heat pad is good enough. It ought to be. I've been using it for years to warm my fish tank brooder that I hand raise baby parakeets in. It keeps that at a steady 90F, but that's with the tank sitting on top of the heat pad, and inside the warm house.
Soooo, I think I am ready for the next 25 eggs to hatch. They are due tomorrow. No pips yet, but this morning I heard distinct chirping! I think I read that means there is internal pipping into the air cell. I can't wait. This is only my second hatch, and I'm still giddy about it! I need to go over and join the blankie fort. I can bring M&Ms. Is anyone allergic to peanuts? (Sorry Blooie, I know you hate chocolate...)
Creative, will be watching to see what those chicks do, thanks for sharing.