Hello! I have a couple of questions! I am sure they have been answered in this wonderful thread, but I haven't been able to find them, so here goes...
1. I have my 13 baby girls (3 - 2 1/2 weeks old and 10 - 1 1/2 weeks) in a brooder that is a large, old, wire dog crate with the mama heating pad nest. They have done great! Everything seems to be fine...growing, feathering, flying, pooping ! lol However, the last couple of days, it seems like they don't want to go inside the cave. They spend plenty of time running around like normal, but then they get on top, huddled together like chickens do. No loud chirping or other things people say happen when they are cold. The room that they are in is about 65 degrees, so I would expect them to be happier inside. I have made it a little taller as they've grown...especially for the older 3. I guess they are okay? It just seems like they can't be warm enough? Even last night, at bedtime, it was like they planned to sleep there. I had to 'encourage' them to go inside. My real concern about this goes with my next question.
2. I am almost done building their big girl coop, and am SO ready for them to move.out. I am in north central Mass, in the mountains. We have no snow, and our weather this week should be 40's overnight and 60-70 during the day. I know LOTS of you post about them being fine out in the coop, and I am comfortable with it. But how do I do it? Do I start with their whole brooder in the coop? Or just set up the heating pad nest in a corner for them? If there is some reason they don't want to go in it (from my first question) I want to make sure it is all set so they won't have any trouble staying warm enough.
Any thoughts about this would be SO appreciated. These are my first chicks, and I am learning a lot as I go! I am grateful that you all are willing to share your experiences!!!!