In the Brooder
- Oct 8, 2012
I got my first chicks from Southern States, five Partridge Rock pullets from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries. I would've got ten but they were $3.50 each. I named them Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie, and Marie after the Dionne quintuplets. They were hatched on April 20, however, I think two of them may have been hatched earlier as they are 1 oz larger than the other three. I purchased them on April 24 and weighed them for the first time on April 25. I will be weighing them every Thursday. I am going to post their weights and feed consumption here as they grow. I have them in a 16" x 24" rabbit cage inside a dog cage (for protection against predators such as cats and possums as well as the sheep) inside our sheep shack with a heat lamp about 3.5 feet above them. So I'm not sure what the temperature is in there. But they are active and thriving so I think they're okay. I put small three to four inch colored zip ties around their legs cut to length to identify each one to keep records. Here is a photo of their brooder: Meet Yvonne, 1.4 oz. (Red)This is Annette, 1.4 oz. (Yellow)And Cecile, 2.3 oz. (Green)Not to mention Emilie, 2.1 oz. (Black)Lastly, Marie, 1.4 oz. (White)On April 24 I filled their feeder with 11.1 oz of DuMOR Chick Starter. April 29 they received 9.0 oz feed.