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Our New Little Girls

By FarmerCluck · Jan 11, 2012 ·
  1. FarmerCluck
    On July 21st, 2009, we got the phone call we've been waiting for from the post office. Our babies were here! We were so excited. My boys and I immediately jumped into the van and headed to town. We brought home our 5 little girls and got them settled in their brooder box. Below you can see how I've set it up in our bathroom. I cut out the top of a plastic storage tub and used nuts and bolts to attach hardware cloth to the opening. My husband used scrap lumber from our coop project to make a stand for the heat lamp to hang from. You can't see it in the photo but there is another piece of 2X4 on top that the lamp hangs from.
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    Here is what we saw when we opened our box. Five little chicks all cuddled together. I was so relieved that they were all alive and seemed to be healthy.
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    They all quickly acclimated to their brooder box. I have paper towels down on top of cotton seed hull bedding. After they are a little bigger, I'll remove the towels. They all started eating and drinking almost right away.
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    Here is the one that I THINK is a Rhode Island Red. They are so soft and when I held each one individually and stroked their heads, they each closed their eyes and cuddled right down into my hand. I'm in love!
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