Brooder in your house, will chicks be able to sleep ok?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vjbakke, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of having our second batch of chicks in the house in their brooder. If we having it in our house with all the noises and lights will the chicks be able to sleep ok? Our first group have been in a brooder in the garage, so mostly quiet and darker. I don't want to stress the little ladies out.
     
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    The question is will the family be able to sleep? They will not be bothered by normal noises in the home, but they can make some of their own!LOL Like the last one I had in here like the sound of their pecking on the side of the metal brooder.
     
  3. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    I have 2 brooders in my livingroom right now. The oldest chicks are almost 3 weeks, the babies are about 4 days. They sleep fine, but I get awoken every morning by chirping and chicken antics. I like having them close, because they get used to me walking by, and I can watch them. Of course, the biggest downfall is that my kids want to hold them 24/7. [​IMG]
     
  4. TouchO'Lass

    TouchO'Lass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ooooh yeah! Like hennyannie said, its a matter of the family getting sleep. I have a really small place, so their heat lamp in my laundry alcove (no doors yet!) keeps waking me up, yet they're in a clear brooder and I go by all the time while they nap obliviously. Only thing that wakes 'em all up is when I open the lid.

    OOOOOOh yeah. THEY'LL be fine.... [​IMG] Now where'd I put that sleep mask...?
     
  5. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brood all my chicks in the house. They sleep fine. I think it makes them better socialized to people when they are grown.
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:What DancingHen said.
     
  7. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both sets of mine have been brooded indoors in my laundry room. I agree, makes them sweet and much more tame. My second batch was outside for the first 5 days...they were terrified of us. Brought them back in, and they have turned into sweeties in just the last 8 days. Mine live in the laundry room on the dryer. They sleep fine, dryer going, washing machine, kids, tv,etc. Its US who barely get any sleep once they get older. By the time my oldest chicks were 3 weeks old we were pulling our hair out at night because they were up until 4am sometimes 'talking' and making a racket. They'll sleep great....good luck with your sleep if they are anywhere near your bedrooms. [​IMG]
     
  8. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with everyone else - I think keeping them close makes them much more used to the comings and goings of people in general. Mine have just moved out of the house and are very accepting of me walking among them, moving stuff around, whatever I need to do in their house or in their space. They don't love to be held but they definitely like to follow me around and obviously feel safer with me around. Just keep in mind that they make a lot of dust as they grow their feathers - your house will have a white dusty film over everything by the time they're ready to move outside. Not a big deal, but be ready to do a deep cleaning when they finally "fly the coop".
    Enjoy your chickies!!
     
  9. flying_babyb

    flying_babyb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ours are less than 8 feet from my bed. They make a heck of a mess with there wood shavings but the chickens do well inside. We had to start the brooder inside because it was too cold to keep them outside. there alot more social being inside and the kids love to hold them (which is making them really people freindly)
     
  10. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, I agree! The ones I've had like to peep late at night! AUGH! [​IMG]
     

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