Our babies made it

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by daviechik, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    day one (with us) [​IMG] Cant wait to start this journey [​IMG] 1 & 7/8oz Expense log: 25 straight run chicks $48.75 shipping $21.75 lights/lamps $39.00 feed 50# waterer feeder $37.00 _______________________________ subtotal, day one. $146.50 Shavings 12sq ft, $6.50
     
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  2. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm surprised by how big their crops get filled when eating, they have been (as expected) drinking lots of water too. They are in their brooder in our house to protect them from predators.

    Brain storming, best turkey fryer?
     
  3. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    day two, damp bellies. guess im gonna need to change their bedding more frequently. Hay seems to hold more moisture than I previously thought. Brain storming what would work better (gonna try shavings) they are eating/drinking/pooping machines, clearly. All 25 are still alive.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are gross little eating machines. [​IMG] When I did meaties, I had them inside for a few days then moved them out (I lived in FL at the time) with heat at night. They were on the ground (sandy soil) and I put large flaked pine shavings down and mixed in pine pellet horse stall bedding. The pellets expand when wet and clump so it is very easy to pick up wet sections. Thats what I'll do again if/when I get meaties.
     
  5. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're in Florida too... Near Fort Lauderdale actually. It's normally warm here but we've had a nice breezy winter/spring here lol.

    I NEED to go get bedding once my kids get up, the newspaper is already gross and I just laid it down! (Took gross hay out, put down newspaper temporarily)

    Back with shavings :) babies are much dryer!!

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  6. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    day three with us (sunday), averaging 3oz!!
     
  7. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 4, drinking A LOT and not eating as much as I expected. All babies have wing feathers :)

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  8. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noticing a lot of the babies panting.... Wondering what it means, if anything. Lots of stretching too... Wondering if the enclosure isn't warm enough :/
     
  9. AgroUrica

    AgroUrica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Panting would be indication that they're too warm. As they grow, their bodies give off a tremendous amount of heat. For us, heat's a killer.

    As for bedding, we use rice hulls down here. Pretty good stuff to soak up all the liquids that pass through them.
     
  10. daviechik

    daviechik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, I moved the temp gauge and found it to be pretty high. I moved the lamp at more of an angle for them so it isn't giving off as much heat directly on them. You would think silly bird would move!
     
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