Noise in brooder area?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HennaRose, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. HennaRose

    HennaRose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tonight I was setting up the chick-pen area in my garage. My laundry machines are out there too, across the room. I noticed that when the washer spins, it makes a lot of very loud noise.

    I don't have any other place in the house to brood these babies, because there are housepets (a cat and a bunch of dogs) and a preschooler, and the chicks are less likely to be harassed in the garage. The space set up is secure, draft-free, and safe, but loud. I can't very well not do laundry for the two months they'll be in there. Do I need soundproofing measures? If so, what can I use that's budget-friendly and chick-safe?
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    They'll get used to any noise.
    I would occasionally turn a radio on, preferably a talk show. They'll get used to noise and human voices. Turn it on when you're about to do laundry on occasion.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    x2. My brooder is outside, and my chicks have to listen to my dogs barking (one of them likes to stick her head inside and lick them :/ ), cats checking them out, helicopters flying over, my kids running around crazy in the yard. They get used to it :)
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Just like raising a baby. You don't want to keep a silent household so baby can slumber in peace and quiet. You want baby to be used to your normal household noise level. They may panic at first. It would be a good idea to be present the first time you do laundry, just to keep an eye on things. Otherwise, should be ok. My chicks were parked right under a squeaky rumbly overhead door, and they learned to deal with it just fine. The important thing is to speak to them before you approach. That will help them with their fears, as well.
     
  5. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine passed out the first time I ran the vacuum near them. I think the incubator probably makes a loud similar noise and they found it comforting somehow haha. They were in my laundry area too, no issues at all with the washer and dryer noises. Should be just fine!
     

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