Building an "artifical" nest

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ant888, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. ant888

    ant888 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking about making a nest in the brooder. I have seen some posts on here with an area of the brooder with a nest made out of old towels. Will this hurt my chicks?
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a lovely idea, but minimal is better. Chicks always find creative ways to commit suicide if given a chance.
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes if u can I would make it out of straw or hay to make sort of like a nest a mother hen would and set a stuffed animal in it
     
  5. Blooie

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    Try this.....I raise chicks outdoors with a heating pad, a metal frame, a towel over that and straw on top, underneath and all around..

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

    As far as I'm concerned, raising chicks with a heating pad is as natural as you're going to get without a broody hen - natural day/night cycles, warm and dark, they have to duck a little to get under it, and they love it!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update
     
  6. ant888

    ant888 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm guessing it's not a good idea without the hay. Anyways, is there a place I can get hay? Or is it fine to make my own?
     
  7. Blooie

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    When I had them in the house, I didn't use hay or straw...just pine shavings and a towel. This is a video of my chicks with Mama Heating Pad while they were in the house. The video starts out dark...

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    Oh, I forgot to say: Welcome to BYC!!
     
  8. ant888

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    Thanks for the welcome! You sure the towel won't be bad?
     
  9. Blooie

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    I've raised 3 batches of chicks and one single using a towel.....but it depends on how you want to use the towel. You can't very well just wad it up and stuff it in a corner...they'll smother themselves or manage to get hung up in the fringes or find some other way to do themselves in, not to mention it's not warm enough. @Jensownzoo is absolutely right about them finding ways to kill themselves.
     
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    I was thinking about making a nest using the towel. In the shape of a nest. By the way, can I make my own hay?
     

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