In the Brooder
- Mar 8, 2010
Hey Guys, I've heard of the swine flu but never the chicken bug. Well, I've caught it! I've been reading the boards for a couple of weeks now and yesterday, I took the plunge and went and bought 5 Rhode Island Red chicks. I am in love with them. I never knew a baby chick could be so interesting. They crack me up. I'm sure these are just the first of many. I've never lived somewhere that I was able to keep anything outside. I have the room now and am going wild. I will be able to free range during the day and put up at night for protection. Right now, I'm using a very simple brooder made out of a rubbermaid container, light, feeder and waterer. They seem to be happy enough for now. I have an outbuilding that is insulated so it works well to put the brooder in. In the future, I want to make it into a coop and have a run built on the side. I want to free range as much as possible but need the piece of mind knowing they can have space if I don't want them out. I'll hopefully have some pics soon. I've gotten a ton of great ideas from the message boards. Thanks to everyone. Soon, I want to find some hatching eggs for the bator. If anyone around East Tennessee has some extras, let me know. I hope to get to know all you regulars here as I plan to keep up with your posts, lots of great info here. Feels good to be part of the chicken family. God Bless.