I love my green house, but would not brood chicks in there b/c it gets too warm. If you have a warm day, it's possible that the temp would go above 95* unless you have it regulated by fan and thermostat/auto opening ventilation. Also, chicks simply don't need that much heat. They need a warm area, but your green house would be warm all day long, and they would have no escape from that incessant heat. Your goal with chicks is to gradually acclimate them to ambient temps, by providing a single warm area in the brooder, with the rest of it being cool. The green house will not assist with that goal. I vote for the garage. And check out heating pad brooding. Far superior to heat lamps. You can see Blooie's article on the topic by clicking on the second link in my signature. Also, check out fermented feed, in the FAQ link in my sig.Okay to ask questions here? I have two choices for brooder locations when my chicks arrive. I'm having trouble choosing between the two:
Pros: Close to the main rooms of the house, washable floor, warm
Cons: Greenhouse has plants and also a glass art workshop where dust would be a pain. It also may get up to 95 degrees in there during a sunny day before trees overhead grow leaves.
Pros: Dust isn't as big of a concern. More space available.
Cons: Not warm (prob a low of 45 degrees but can be space heated), so heat lamps will have to do all the work. Not underfoot, worried about the chicks being out of sight out of mind for most of the family.
For my brooding girls, I bring them a couple of handfuls of mealworms each day and raw oats for breakfast. I know some people say don't feed them while they're on the nest, but so far I've not had issues with them pooping in the nesting box. It really helped to keep my girls healthy and going.I have a broody mother who is sitting on eggs but she is not eating at all or drinking, I know that this is normal behavior buy i am afraid that she wiplayed die, she is getting very skinny. Does anyone know a treat or food that a chicken loves to eat or some way for her to eat a bit of food?