A new brooder with perch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dirtyhip, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Dirtyhip

    Dirtyhip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found the idea here, on BYC. [​IMG]

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    I love these little birds. How did that happen so fast? I got it bad.

    Happy Saturday, new friends.
     
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they use it?

    I love me some fuzzy butts!
     
  3. Dirtyhip

    Dirtyhip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They haven't yet. When they figure it out, they will be happy. I keep trying to perch them up there, after their daily handling.
     
  4. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So darn cute!!!! My took about a week or so before they started using theirs [​IMG]
    They grow so darn fast!!!!!!!
     
  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It shouldn't be long before they discover the perch and use it to launch from in their daily antics.

    However, close to the time you plan on moving them into their permanent coop, begin putting them on the perch at night after it begins to get dark. Around four weeks of age, they should be sleeping in the dark since they no longer need a heat lamp.

    As it gets too dark for them to see, you can put them on the perch to sleep, and they won't jump off. A larger diameter perch will be more comfortable by then. I use a two x two stick for a perch in the brooder, and in the coop, my girls have a four inch diameter tree limb to perch on.

    Teaching them to roost on a perch at night before they are moved into the coop will avoid the problem of them getting addicted to sleeping in a pile on the floor, and by then the amount of poop they produce overnight can be prodigious! You don't want them sleeping on a pile of poop!

    But you are far out ahead providing them with any kind of perch! Most people neglect this feature when putting together their brooders.
     
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will get it it just takes a bit
     
  7. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set up my brooder and made my perch before my eggs were even 10 days in the incubator! Lol. I was too excited not to. [​IMG]

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  8. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Very Funny
     
  9. EggTooth

    EggTooth Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh good, I like the homemade perch! This picture was exactly what I am looking for; ideas for a perch! Thank you!
     

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