In just a week (pics)

CowgirlPenny

Songster
8 Years
Feb 17, 2011
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South East TN
Wow! I can't believe how much my little ladies are growing. They are nearly double in size, fast, trying to fly and eating food for what seems like every second of the day. They are so sweet and sleep in a big chick mosh pit (well most of them) We haven't lost a single chick yet (knock on wood)


Day 1 which was almost 8 days ago

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Same brooder, same amount of chicks. Taken today.
This is their last weekend in this, they have to go to the 'big kid' brooder Monday!

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Look at the feathers on my Production Red! Notice in the first picture, none of them had any feathers at all! They are feathering REALLY fast compared to the others. They have cute little tail feathers,lol.
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Lawnman127

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 27, 2011
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it's amazing isn't it?
I started mine out last fri in the type feeder you have but with just the swivel bar. they would get in the
feeder and ubder the bar and I was worried they would get stuck, so I bought the round type with the holes.
was checking last night and no way will they get under the bar now and I am tired of filling the round
one twice a day.
Can't wait to turn loose in coop one day.
 

NickyPick

Songster
10 Years
Sep 18, 2010
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Pine Valley (New Waverly), TX
I just LOVE the tiny tail feathers! My girls are 10 days today and it's fascinating how much they've grown. They've started flapping their wings when they run across the brooder. Think I'm going to need to figure out a cover soon. What is your next size brooder like?
 

KDH

Songster
10 Years
Nov 23, 2009
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Northeast Ohio
They're so cute! Do you have black Jersey giants in that mix?

I see that you have them set on "regular wash".... how do they deal with the spin cycle? LOL!!
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CowgirlPenny

Songster
8 Years
Feb 17, 2011
733
2
131
South East TN
Haha, they are actually on the dryer which they don't seem to mind. At first the washing machine made them all run to the corner when it would spin, but now they don't even pay attention since I wash about 3 loads every day.

I don't have any Jersey Giants. Are you referring to the ones checking me out? Those are Australorps, and the one in particular that is checking me out is our Big Momma, who I fear may be a Rooster. I'm certainly no expert but I've been reading that when they are startled the males will stand very alert and check the situation out while the hens will sort of cower down. As you can see in the last photo, she is certainly checking my camera flash out and stands tall with her neck out all the time. But she is very sweet and the boss of the brooder,lol.

I have Australorps, Black Sex Links, Production Reds, and Barred Plymouth Rocks. Nothing fancy or exotic. Just some friendly brown egg layers I hope!

My next brooder is a large rabbit cage, I would say its 4 feet wide by 24 inches deep, and probably the same in height. From that eventually they will move to a dog Xpen until they are ready for the coop. I'm just trying to transition them slowly from warm laundry room to heat lamp provided outdoor brooder, to lamp only at night dog x-pen, and then the coop!
 

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