Baby Chicks - First Day on Grass

lynnmelofarms

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 25, 2014
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We have raised a 'significant' number of chickens over the past three years and after a lot of disappointment with the brooder model we spent the last two years perfecting our 'First Day on Grass' approach to raising baby chicks. With the proper shelter and precautions we feel this approach improves survival rates, as well as develops the chicks foraging instincts. We have some additional information on primarily the shelters we use for this on our web site. Lynn @ Melo Farms
 

rc4u

Songster
6 Years
Feb 3, 2014
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grampa always made a hill of straw and made a center circle and put a burlap bag over top and then straw on top and the little cave kept them warm whenever they needed...always worked....jeff
 

3riverschick

Poultry Lit Chaser
10 Years
May 19, 2009
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grampa always made a hill of straw and made a center circle and put a burlap bag over top and then straw on top and the little cave kept them warm whenever they needed...always worked....jeff
trying to visualize this: so a hill of straw and then an indented circle in the middle.
Did he stretch the burlap over indented circle like a roof?
And then piled some straw on top the burlap "roof"?
Left an opening for the chicks to go in? Have I got it?
Thanks for sharing,
Karen
 

gander007

Crowing
6 Years
Oct 9, 2013
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South Western Death Valley, Ca.
We have raised a 'significant' number of chickens over the past three years and after a lot of disappointment with the brooder model we spent the last two years perfecting our 'First Day on Grass' approach to raising baby chicks. With the proper shelter and precautions we feel this approach improves survival rates, as well as develops the chicks foraging instincts. We have some additional information on primarily the shelters we use for this on our web site. Lynn @ Melo Farms
Well first



Do you have any photos of your brooder idea at work ???
 

rc4u

Songster
6 Years
Feb 3, 2014
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yes Karen that is what he did....was no electricity in the coop....and they where just fine. in fact I don't think they got electricity till 1960...like many around the rural areas in ND...wasn't to many people per sq mile.....jeff
 
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