very red neck brooder PICs

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pelican49, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Pelican49

    Pelican49 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have quickly become familiar with chicken math. My daughter and I decided to get some chicks this fall to grow up over the winter. Since the demand for eggs was a good deal higher than our 6 hens could supply, we thought we'd go big. So... we decided to order 18 for ourselves and 7 for a friend. The friend was "loaning" us her incubator so we could hatch some later. She didn't think she'd be hatching again, but said we should just keep the incubator and if she ever wanted to hatch she'd borrow it back. So 18 for us and 7 for her, 25. That meets Welp's minimum order. Then we noticed, at Welp, you pay an extra $1.50 for each breed/color under 5 you order. Okay, so where we had ordered 4 of something I upped it to 5, +7 chicks. 18 for us, 7 for the friend, plus 7 because they're cheap= 32. Welp included 5 extra babies=37, we lost one at 8 days=36.

    Now the friend is getting a divorce and is afraid she and her son will end up in an apartment, so she doesn't want her chicks. All in all, our 18 chicks have turned into 36. Ummm? How'd that happen again?

    We'd been keeping the chicks in a pack 'n play, which worked out great for a couple weeks. But they were quickly outgrowing it and needed room to run around more. I had no idea they'd try flying at 2 weeks.

    Crowded babies


    So Friday we started putting together a bigger brooder. A couple women with no carpentry skills, or power tools, well, if this isn't the most Rednecked brooder you've ever seen, I don't know what is. We found a couple posts in the woods and a couple pallets that we confiscated the wood from. So the 2 fence posts 8'+ laying parallel to each other, nail some of the pallet slats across for support. Then we stapled the cardboard from my Grandson's swing set to the bottom.

    We had some plastic, very wimpy chicken wire in a shed that we put all around, then lined the outside of the chicken wire with plastic trash bags to keep draft out and warmth in. It turned out very large 4' x 8'+ and we knew we didn't have enough shavings to thickly line the bottom, but we did have one bale of hay. We put the hay in the bottom and the wood shavings on top of that. I do a lot of sewing and usually have several bolts of fabric around. So we used one of those as a cover.

    Is this redneck or what? And yes we made a mess on the floor but it's all cleaned up now.

    It looks like a football field in there!

    They're very happy with all their new space. Some of them actually fly from one end to the other. They'll be 3 weeks old on Wednesday.


    The only chicks I can identify for sure are the Barred Rocks. I have 3 buff colored chicks, 2 are Buff Wyandottes, no idea what the other one is.
    Don't know what this one is either, but lots of them are starting to get their little tails sticking up. How cute is that? Can you tell this is my first order? tee hee

    I have 2 of each of these, which is what I ordered in Lakenvelders. I think this is 1 silver and 1 gold Lakenvelder.

    Can you tell we are really enjoying these little fluffs?
  2. little brown hen

    little brown hen Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Camp Point, Ill
    I think it's a great set up you do with what you have and it serves the purpose. It look's like they like more room. Good luck.
  3. pixy

    pixy In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2010
    They are so cute! Very creative, and the chicks seem to love it. Well done [​IMG]
  4. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    It just goes to show ya' while a man is searching for just the right tool, a woman makes do with what she has and slings it all together. Good job. [​IMG]
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    They all look so adorable and so much happier with the added room! Great job! [​IMG]
  6. I always say, be as redneck as u wanna be!!!! My term, while my parents feel a lil shame when i say it," im white trash wonderful"! You did an excellent job, and the happiness and health of the chickens is all that matters. Every time we order from a hatchery, we wind up with at least double what we planned for! Dang the chicken math!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope u continue to have this much fun, and my favorite game is trying to figure out which chick is which and what they will look like grown!
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hey, red neck works for me. Good set up for now. Start planning your next move. They grow rapidly, and all the dust and dander in your house can cause health problems for some people. What you have just witnessed is plain and simple "chicken math."[​IMG]
  8. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Im jealous. If I had that when we made ours, I would have done that. Very nice!!!

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