Uuuuhhhhh.....YUM! I promised I would eat better this year. I DID! And then you had to post these. And I L.O.V.E. eclairs. *sigh*
I have one I use for a brooder, but its in my shed. I put a hardware cloth window in the top and set the heat lamp on it. It works great. If you intend to have it outside you will need to put preservative on the wood and probably cover the gaps with 1 x 2's at least for the first foot or so. I put vinyl floor covering on the floor- easier to clean out. Put legs on it so you don't have to bend over so far to reach them and it should be good to go. Great find.Anyone want to help me puzzle through this? Someone not terribly far from us is selling apple crates and I'm trying to think of an easy-to-implement way to use them as brooders or grow-out coops. The biggest problem I see with them is that there appears to be gaps in the sides which apples would need, but I definitely would not want to have for chicks. Add to this that DH does NOT like to have a bunch of "junk" out in the yard, so they would need to be fashioned into some sort of "attractive" end product. Paint would go a long way in that department, but I could use some ideas. I'm a planner.....I like to plan things out, make contingencies, and then get it all done with in one fell swoop. http://nmi.craigslist.org/grd/4249422706.html
I am going to try it. My "feral" cats moved in with me during the first cold spell we had, went back outside when it warmed up and have moved back in since its been so cold. My coon doesn't believe in house cats but so far they've backed her down.I have a friend who feeds/shelters feral cats. She said if you put sugar in their water, it freezes slower...and gives them a boost of sugar in the cold. Just wondered if anyone does it? I did it last night for the first time and they seemed to love it. Not real sure it made the water freeze slower.
I know how you feel. It seems like all hope of being healthy will have to wait 'till the Christmas candy and cookies are gone!I hear ya...and I still have a ton of XMAS cookies left. Had lost some nice weight b4 Holidays. Hah...took care of that. And now, I am gonna HAVE to make these (I love baking!)
So. Good news.
1. Driveway STILL clear after the 4 hour plow debacle this morn. Which means...I GET TO GO TO WORK TOMORROW
2. Birds all seemed happy & warm today & are all snuggled together on roost for the night.
3. DH is currently picking up his truck, which means we will actually have both of our vehicles for the first time in 3 weeks.
4. Spaz definitely seems better. Acting goofy, eating (was actually excited for some yogurt & oatmeal in the "treat dish" today), droppings almost normal.
From what I have read on here, I can put her back out with the others this weekend when we get back into the 30's, right?? She'll have been in the house about a week & a half.
BAD NEWS...He JUST called me with final BILL on truck...& I am LIVID...
In reference to my feral barn cat post - I did see one of my two barn cats tonight. He was all snuggled up in the coop near the heat lamp. I haven't saw the other one at all for a few days, but he is the most skittish of the two. As long as I don't try to pet Freckles, he stays put. I think the other one high tails it at the sound of people or the dog.
Also, not sure how it goes for humane societies across the board, but my county's actually gives away barn cats for free (they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, wormed, all that good stuff). Most are feral or semi feral, but they do get a friendly cat who prefers the outdoors every now and again. We might not get to cuddle these two, but they enjoy their little lives here. And like I said before, no more mice in my coop!