Saving money on feeding??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gabbondante, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. gabbondante

    gabbondante Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 6, 2014
    So, I am gearing up for the delivery of my chicks on 16/April - even my 2 y.o. is excited because she is on a major Old MacDonald kick right now and the chicken verse is her favorite. In a planning effort, I am considering approaching the GM of my local grocery store to see if they would sell me overripe/not good enough for sale veggies and fruits for my flock. Has anyone done this before? Has it gone well? Any tips for things to say/not to say?

    Also, I live in [snowy] NJ - my brooder is a large converted, wire dog crate because that's what I have laying around. I was planning on keeping my brooder in my garage but I'm concerned with the uncharacteristically cold weather we have been having. I have the Premier 1 heating plate (it's the Brinsea knock-off) for keeping them warm. I was thinking maybe I should put some cardboard on the sides and top of the crate to help "insulate" it? Any thoughts on this? Thanks!
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Yep, All the above sound like great ideas.

    Insulate the brooder as much as you can, I would be tempted to put a heating pad in there too.

    Also, the heating/brooding thing you are using needs to be set as low as possible. Supposedly they duck to go under it and actually press their little backs up against the plate. :confused:

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