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Couple questions about getting chicks this spring.....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shannonb1, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. shannonb1

    shannonb1 In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2009
    1st - who is better Hoover's Hatchery or McMurray's?

    2nd - where do I keep them? The barn has barn cats and it's not heated, the house has Golden Retrievers......do I just wait for mid-june to get them or how do you keep them safe? Can I use a dog kennel, but then how do you get a heat lamp in a kennel?

    I really want chicks, but want them to be safe too.

    How do you all do it?

  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    I can't answer about the hatcheries, I've never ordered from one before.

    But, I keep my chicks in a rabbit cage (plastic bottom, wire top) on top of a dog crate (but a table or counter top would work the same, to keep the dogs out). The wire top allows for attaching the heat lamp, I buy the one with the big clamp on it. Once they are about 6 weeks, I put them in a giant sized dog crate on my covered porch, as I can still clamp the light on the outside, directed in the door. [​IMG]
  3. fasbendera

    fasbendera Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    A friend of mine used a stock tank with wire on the top to keep her barn cats out. She kept them in there until they were big enough to go out in the chicken pen (didn't need light and couldn't fit through the wire fence). It worked great for her.
  4. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    Have never ordered from those hatcheries...
    Keep the chicks away from the dogs. Ideally in a out of the way room with a door (to close when needed). For a brooder you could use lots of thing, I've seen everything from fish tanks to just plain old boxes.
    Happy chicking, just wait til your bit by the fuzz butt bug, [​IMG] there's no going back to sanity [​IMG]
  5. ChookHappy

    ChookHappy Dances with Chickens

    Oct 12, 2009
    Petaluma, Ca
    I have 4 week old chicks from McMurray and they have been great so far. No problems so far and they are quite happy, although still young. 8 EE's, 2 BR's, 2 RIR's. As for brooder, don't be afraid to get creative. We are using the spare bedroom closet. Pics on that here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=289420 A lot of people use rubbermaid totes with great success. Topic can be found here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=282970 I've seen pics of kennels used with a brooder lamp clamped to the metal door. Here is the Brooder thread as well. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6233 It is full of great ideas. Good luck and have fun!
  6. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    I've never ordered from a hatchery before either, But we kept our chicks in the garage away from the other critters. We have a German Sheperd, and terriers... I used 2 large storage containers, and built a lid using the rabbit fence mesh and wood, to keep out anything else like racoons, possiums, cats, etc...
  7. team_realtree

    team_realtree Songster

    Jun 28, 2009
    Quote:I ordered 6 chicks last spring and kept them in a hamster cage. I had a halogen lamp over them and they were fine. As they grew older I got another hamster cage and split them up 3 in one cage and 3 in another.

    When they started to get BIG (cornish so they grew fast) I had to make a structure and move them in my garage. As they get older you need to give them more space per bird and heat isnt such a big issue. You see people posting that it has to be such and such degrees but do your best and they will be fine.

    I wouldn't be putting them outside in a barn if it has any drafts. Chicks are VERY sensitive to drafts. If you hold a chick in your hands he will fall asleep (usually) and if you exhale on him he will shiver and wake up.

  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Get a Rubbermaid storage bin. Nice high walls (for baby chicks - they'll learn how to hop up and out soon enough, if you don't put a wire lid on it!). Hang a heat lamp over it. Keep it in a separate room; I used my bathroom. (My dogs and cats were really annoyed that I was closing that door - I live alone, so I never closed it, previously. They used to visit me in there all the time.)

    The Rubbermaid bins are inexpensive and will keep messy stuff from soaking through to your floor (through cardboard boxes, for example). Plus, it's easy to dump out when cleaning. I just closed my chicks in a cardboard box when I needed to clean the brooder, then plopped them back in when it was all fresh again.
  9. Castaway

    Castaway In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    I have a medium size parakeet cage that I'd like to convert into brooder for two chicks. Does that seem feasible for 6 weeks?
  10. 5chickenluver7

    5chickenluver7 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2010
    Washington State
    I purchased from Meyer Hatchery so I don't know anything about the other 2. But we kept our 5 chicks in a wire rabit cage that we put ion a larger cardboard box so it wouldn't be drafty. We kept the cage in our garage but any place would work as long as its warm enough.[​IMG]

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