First timer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lfehlers, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. lfehlers

    lfehlers New Egg

    Feb 28, 2017
    Hi I'm one week into raising chicks. I have them in a horse water tank inside my house. The tank is only 10.5" deep. This am I saw one of them up on the edge. It's to cold to put them out in the coop yet. I suppose I need to devise a cover of some sort? I'm not a handy man so simple ideas. [​IMG]
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us - new chickens are an exciting time. Cardboard with hole lunched in it so heat from the lamp can escape is one option. You could also "wrap" cardboard uo its edge up the sides of the tank to increase it's death. Another better choice is some sort of wire or mesh. There are tons of tips and ideas in the Learning Center here: The Raising Baby Chicks section may give you some ideas. Also, if you'd like to say hey to fellow chicken keepers in your area, locate your state or region three in this link:
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
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  4. FBCMarans

    FBCMarans Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2017
    White Salmon WA
    I use four one by twos nailed together that make a rectangle shape and then staple chicken wire to it and place it on top of the box. It works great for me.

    Welcome to BYC!
    I am also new!
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Please make yourself at home here and enjoy yourself! :frow

  6. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I've used an old screened window to cover the brooder before. It was free (found it in our shed) and because of the wood frame, it was enough weight to keep it in place but still easy for me to lift off. Plus, I could see through it and it allowed for plenty of ventilation.

    Thanks for joining us, make yourself at home here!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    wire tops are best so there is some free exchange of air, and if you are using a brooder lamp it will help prevent it from falling on top of the chicks.
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under lfehlers [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice, I will just wish you and your little ones all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

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