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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Danyander, Mar 6, 2015.
Food,water, perch, dirt bath, and heat lamp.
YES ........................... YOU FORGOT TO INCLUDE LOVE
AND A DELAYED I can see you have been here 1 month.
Thank you! They are still a little scared of me but I am sure that will change.
Yeah there will be some that will run to you every time and others that will think you are trying to kill them every time lol
Here is something interesting to pass along. It is what I have read and learned from this forum. And like I have stated before. Cavemanrich is not a plagiarist, and is not all knowing, but I learn things everyday!!!
The little chicks run scared whenever something approaches from above. It is a born instinct. Self defense from predators. I have read of people making their brooder accessible from the side, as well as above. They make a viewing window on the side , and when they open it and reach in, the chicks are less frightened. Of course, these fall in the category of SUPER BROODERS. lol.
But in reality, these things can be made with things people may already have laying around. Getting a piece of plexiglass and attaching it on the side opening will not break the bank. I don't recommend glass if you have children, for the obvious. DISCLAIMER. WARNING Having this setup and viewing your baby chicks can have you fall behind on your housework.
Lol yea I built my brooder for our first ever set of chick, and I told mys wife that the next set of chicks I am building a whole new brooder. I've learned so much in these past 4 weeks and I could have made it a lot easier in myself if I had known all this BEFORE I built it lol
I don't see any thing in the chicks' water fountain to keep them from getting in over their tootsies then getting chilled.
Glad Cave Man is perpetuating the "side-access brooder" concept. It's the difference between chicks who run scared from you and ones who run TO you.
Try hanging the water bottle. It's not hard. I take a small net bag, like the kind clementine oranges come in, and slip the plastic bottle inside, then wire it tightly around the neck so the bag won't slip off. Test by filling the bottle with water,screw on the base, then hold the bottle upright from the top. If it slips off, make the wire tighter. You can also use a shoe lace of you can get it knotted tightly. Make sure it's not dangling in the water base.
Slip an "s" hook or loop some wire through the netting at the top, and hang from a stick place horizontally across the brooder, or in a cardboard brooder, cut slots in the sides for the stick to slip through.
This keeps the water up out of the litter, and shavings stay out as well as chicks. During the first week or two, you'll need to start out low and raise it frequently as chicks grow so quickly. It should stay about the height of their backs.
if you're going to be occasionally throwing them some treats, grapes or fresh veggies, etc etc, they need a small container of chick sized grit.
other than that you're looking pretty well stocked. I personally prefer a nipple water system instead of the fountain, so much easier to keep them supplied with clean water