NEW FUZZY BUTTS! Are we doing this right?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stir-fry, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. stir-fry

    stir-fry Out Of The Brooder

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    But diggy cam is dead so no pics yet [​IMG] Ok this is bad. got our first 4 hens 3 days ago and went ot get feed etc tonight and Rachel talked me into 6 new fuzzy butts [​IMG] The breeds are in my sig.

    so.. we got a large plastic tub thats 20" wide & 3' long. Shavings on the floor, starter feed in a 6" feeder, water, baby grit, and a light cone with a 60 watt bulb, its steady at 80 degrees...

    Is that warm enough? They are all hanging out under the light. Not huddled but stil staying right there, all 6 are sleeping alone in about a 12" cirle.

    oh and in 2 hours they have almost emptied the feeder [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    everything sounds good except the temp... if the babies are under a week old, they should really have 90-95 degrees directly under the lamp and then cooler as they move out from under it. It doesn't sound like they are too cold (they don't seem to be suffering) right now, but it sounds like they aren't quite comfortable with moving all around the brooder so if you lower the light just a little, it will be a bit warmer and maybe they'll move around a bit more.

    Other than that, it sounds like you're doing really well and have all the right stuff. Enjoy them [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Sounds about right. [​IMG]

    Congratulations on your new fuzzies!!!
    (Oh, and BTW... it's Orpington... no "h"... [​IMG], and australorps... All wonderful breeds... good job!!)
     
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  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    They've ravenous little buggers, aren't they? Try putting a disposable pie plate under the feeder to catch the feed they're billing out.

    Sounds like they're a-ok. They'll start venturing out from under the light in a bit. If they don't, lower it or get a heat lamp bulb.
     
  5. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    WELCOME from another Washingtonian -

    I would get a red heat lamp so they can sleep better. How are your big girls doing?
     
  6. stir-fry

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    Quote:your rigth! thanks! half of its in the shavings!
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Oh, I missed that your'e not too far away from me! I live in Tacoma.
     
  8. stir-fry

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    yippers we are [​IMG]
     
  9. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    fantastic idea! (running to get a pie plate!)
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  10. stir-fry

    stir-fry Out Of The Brooder

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    ah ha! i tried an old trick i used to do with my sons lizard tanks when he was little. cover part of the lid with a towel.. light is at one end, towel is covering far 1/4 of roof mesh at other end (bin is 3" long) and it shot up to 97 and they are running around makin racket [​IMG]:celebrate [​IMG] still works like a charm!
     

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