Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder (Picture Heavy) - UPDATE

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Blooie, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Remove her from the flock, placing her in an area without a nesting place...just a place to roost, feed and water~ideally it should be where she can see and hear the flock and they her, but she cannot join them. Go to her pen at night and make sure she's roosting...she'll need that cool air flowing under her to cool her down. If she's not on the roost, place her there. Leave her in the pen until she starts laying again, then put her back with the others.
     
  2. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    Glad everything went well. It's always a relief when everything works out ok.
     
  3. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 True BYC Addict

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    Hope she's okay
     
  4. KDOGG331

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    My mom and I just took the bus down to go shopping and I think out to eat. :) but don't worry, one of the reasons we're going is to get duct tape and Press & Seal so I can finally make the real, actual, wire frame MHP. Hence why I'm mentioning this here. Also going to get hardware cloth and maybe a tarp or blankets so we can actually make a secure, 100% mouse proof, safe area and put them back out in the garage today or tomorrow. I don't really want to but they have to go back. :( I also want to get a scoop or rake or something to deal with their poop. I'm thinking of more and more stuff as I type haha speaking of their poop and the chicks in general, I changed their feeder this morning. I checked them last night and there was poop in it but they were asleep so I figured it could wait and was right and I went to the garage and got the other feeder and filled it out there and brought it in. One chick was a little confused but I took another and stuck her face in it and she was mad but calmed down and ate right away once she realized what it was lol then the others eventually ate so I don't know if they saw or just figured it out. Also I slept downstairs last night but still got up a little before 8, I guess cause I went to bed so early, and they were still sound asleep because it was raining and therefore still dark so I turned the light on and maybe 3 or 4 were still outside and curled next to MHP, the rest went under during the night, and before I turned the light on it was light enough they were looking at me then when I turned the light on they ran to the food instantly (this was before I replaced it) and then everyone else ran out from under MHP and started making noise and eating too. It was soooo funny. It was like "WHOOPS! IT'S DAYTIME NOW! BETTER GET UP!" Speaking of which, they'd also starting to be a bit scared of my hands but I attribute that to the cardboard walls and how I now have to reach way over and am a big huge.monster reaching in. But they settle down once I'm holding them so I have hope they'll calm down soon. They're just starting to become more aware and active. They were also running all over the brooder this morning and some were sleeping while others drank and ate, chasing each other, all eating at the feeder at once and developing some politics, etc. So it's cute to see. They're starting to learn about the world and develop personalities instead of all doing what the other is doing. It's nice to see. ALSO! The little one is doing MUCH better!! I haven't really noticed the neck thing at all today but sleeping she does it a tiny bit still (but she's always only done it briefly, her necks never been permanently back) but she was shoving her way into the feeder. She'd start eating and get pushed or fall and I was getting nervous and going to put the paper towel down again for her but then she just goes right back or waits till the others leave. I also took it off bricks like.someone had suggested and the others just stick their heads in no problem but she's so cute she would just dive in, head way in, and her little butt in the air, upside down LOL unique but trying so hard. Also saw her drink for the first time today. :D she does seem a little bit smaller and less active than the other chicks now that they're starting to get personalities and grow already and still sometimes just stands there or goes back to sleep (one time she was eating and a black one went back next to MHP and she decided to follow her) but I'm so happy to see that she's so tenacious and trying so hard. I'm thinking I'll still add the vita pack stuff to the water today though and if I can find the stuff recommended (save a chick or nutri drench) then I'll buy some of that. I think it's a good sign that she's trying so hard to eat and drink though and doesn't let the others deter her. Hoping she makes a full recovery. But yeah. So we're shopping. OH! And I put the dog and cat in the basement along with food and water to be absolutely sure they were nowhere near the chicks though I don't think they even know we have them. I even put the cat on one side of the basement and the dog on the other so they don't eat each other's food. I also made sure to check on the chicks before leaving and reattach one piece of cardboard that kept falling off. They seemed happy and healthy. I can't wait to see what personalities they develop. I can already tell one of the EE's and a BR are some of the more adventurous ones. From the very first day they were pretty active and adventurous and always together and the first to do anything. Now the others are starting to be more adventurous and/or all do things together but these two are still adventurous. And I think the EE was the very first to drink on her own at least that I saw. They're all running around, testing their flying abilities/leaping off MHP, etc., it's very very cute. I have some video I'll post later. :)
     
  5. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chicks are pipping.
     
  6. Blooie

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  7. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    13 hatched so far (12 buff & 1 black). MHP all toasty, stuck a thermometer underneath last night (109*) turned it down to 5. And I was worried about it not getting hot enough, silly me.
     
  8. KDOGG331

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    So I just checked the heating pad and good thing because it was off. My mom messed with the breakers last night and I asked her to check the lights and, well, the lights work but I completely forgot that it would sort of "reset" the socket and I'd have to turn it on again so I don't know if it was off all night or just this morning or what.... But poor chickies were curled next to it wondering why it was now cold BUT they did eat and drink and stuff, like they were still pretty active, not freezing, and it's pretty warm today, so that's good. Poor chickies. Also I'm 100% making the frame today. I know I said that yesterday and it needs to get done but at this point I'm not really putting it off, now it's just stuff gets in the way. Like for example, yesterday we ended up being gone all day (unexpected) and by the time we got back it was dark and day before that it was raining and this thing can't be unrolled inside. BUT. We did manage to get all of the stuff yesterday and today is gorgeous so I see no reason why it shouldn't get done today. although I am taking the bus just down the street to get more shavings. I need hardware cloth so we can put them back in the garage but not enough money so that will have to wait. Speaking of which, how often am I supposed to clean the thing? Because starting I think yesterday? Or the night before? They now poop SO much. they didn't at first but do now. I heard every week? But that doesn't seem enough because there's so much? Am I maybe supposed to be raking the shavings so the poop gets mixed in/there's cleaner ones on top then full clean every week or something? The shavings are also more compacted now and not fluffy. And water is daily or every other day right? Water wasn't too dirty and they drink from the ground instead of climbing in so haven't changed it yet but I think I will today and add the vita stuff if I can finx it (hopefully it wasn't accidentally thrown out). But I just... I feel like I should rake the shavings? Or scoop the poop out? Or just do a full clean much more often? Or maybe just get a bigger area for them? I don't want them to get sick but I need to figure something out and/or also find a rake or something so I can at least move the shavings around. I feel like I'm terrible at this :( they do have clean food though and again the water's pretty clean but it seems like at this rate even if I fully cleaned it daily or every other day they would just make the huge mess again shortly after. It's almost like a Catch 22? Need to clean it often (or.rake) so they stay healthy but costs too much to be buying shavings every day
     
  9. Lavender11

    Lavender11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have finally read all the posts and thought I'd introduce myself here. We're going into lock down tonight with 9 pekin bantam chicken eggs. I'm using a reptile heating pad to make my mhp. I'm new to chickens and don't have a coop so I'm setting them up just outside our back door inside a guinea pig hutch. There've been such wonderful suggestions in this thread. I'm so thankful everyone is helpful. I'll post photos when I finish setting it up this afternoon.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015
  10. Lavender11

    Lavender11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure if the photos will work. I have some wood blocks to prop up the MHP and a flannelette cot sheet to go on top and hang down a bit. Do you think the little bantam chicks will get through the holes? I have some wire mesh I can put up. Anything I might have missed?
    Edited: Looks to me that they didn't work. I'll have to sort it out on my computer later.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015

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