Originally Posted by dyorto
My EE is 6 weeks. I've never had EEs before. Are those tufts on the side of the head typical? My other one has a smooth all black head
"Technically" they are "muffs" and yes a desireable feature on an EE. "Tufts" exist in Araucana - rumpless birds, very rare, two copies of the ear tuft gene is fatal.
Originally Posted by Blooie
That much color variation must have about given you heart failure trying to figure out if she was maybe a he at the "what gender is it" stage!
Originally Posted by Werforpsu
hey all! I'm a newbie, but I love the idea of this type of warmth for my chicks!
They are in my 60 degree basement so I had a heat lamp AND and electric radiator in my craft room (where their baby pool brooder is.) on full blast, I was able to get the room to 80 degrees and then the heat lamp did the rest, but my darling husband is horrified at what the electric bill will look like if I keep that up. Today, I made one of these using a wooden stool and my 3 heating pads that I use for growing plants.
I wrapped towels around the heating pads and then covered everything in press and seal. I have 2 'over' and 1 'under' the stool hopefully making a little warm cave.
1: Does this look okay? I have the cords from the heating pads running under the sides of the brooder so they can't get to them.
2: how will I know if they are warm enough, too warm etc.
The stool with pads over the top isn't really providing the "MHP experience". You have pretty much created a heated cave as oppose to the "underside of a hen" "heat on the back" scenario. A single pad lining the underside of a "formable" frame that can be higher in front, lower in back so the chicks can decide how much pad contrat they want at any point in time will do the job of all three of the pads being used to heat the air.
The chick looks like it is feathering well. You know the temp of the pad under the cave frame is right when they spend a lot of time outside the cave during the day but go back in to warm up sometimes. And they should be sleeping in the cave at night. If they aren't it might be too hot. If they don't come out during the day, the pad is likely too cold and they aren't warming up enough when under it.
Originally Posted by Bowldy45
Now I have a question for all of you. My littles are 3 weeks old, and have yet to have their feet on the grass and dirt. At what age can I turn them loose in the run, and will they learn on their own to go back up the ramp and into the coop, or do I need to teach them somehow to use the ramp?
A hen would have them out in the grass and dirt at a couple of days old. Depending on how high off the ground the coop is and how steep the ramp the chicks will figure it out. Wouldn't hurt to play "Hansel and Gretel" and put some chick food on the ramp.
You would definitely want to be out there with them at first to make sure they DO figure out how to get back to the MHP. One difference between the Mama Heating Pad brooder and a real hen brooder is the latter heat source moves with the chicks
Originally Posted by azygous
Blooie, I still have one of my very first chicks, an eight-year old light Brahma. Lady Di laid her last egg at age six, but she's still top of the pecking order and still kicks @$$ when necessary to maintain order. I have two seven-year old Wyandottes still laying regularly, as well as three six-year olds. They're a geriatric crew, but they still pull their own weight.
Of course, I get new chicks at least every other year so they keep the egg factory going strong. But this is why I've had to add on to the coops and run on a regular basis. Chickens at my place have a secure retirement plan.
Do they have shuffleboard and horseshoes, Mahjong and card tables too?
Originally Posted by Serenashome
Oh in case you all have not notice OEF5 and I are married. :)
Lots of us are married!
Oh, you meant to each other The family that raises chickens together, stays together.