WHO IS EXPECTING APRIL CHICKS?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by realsis, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. WyoJax

    WyoJax Out Of The Brooder

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    Reason why I turned mine down was because my four larger chicks were sleeping on top, as my fifth is smaller and trying to catch up she was under MHP but the four let me know it was warmer than they needed, they will help Lucky Lucy stay warm under the cooler MHP.
     
  2. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my babies for a week now (which means they are probably a week and a half old) Under the lamp it is slightly over 85F, at the far end just under 80F. Currently they wander around the entire brooding bin comfortably so I'm thinking somewhere in that range to start. Their bin is in the garage which although not heated is also not drafty. That and temperature fluctuations are not as great.

    The heating pad (same one you got) is scheduled to arrive today, so when it does I am going to build a support cage out of 1/2" hardware cloth. Would a vinyl sheet make a good poo-proof covering for the pad under the top bedding?
     
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  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I just like plain old Press 'n Seal pressed onto a old, thin towel and draped over the pad. I've never used anything else because this works so well - it's soft and they love to snuggle and wrestle on top of it. I don't have to worry if what I'm using is over-insulating. So I guess I'd say try it and see how it either blocks or holds in heat, then make a decision. You might also ask over on the Mama Heating Pad thread - maybe someone's already done it and can tell you if it works or not. Others have put the heating pad on the inside of the frame, holding it up with small bungee cords, and then encasing the entire assembly inside a fleece pillowcase. That's @Beekissed preferred method and she's been doing this longer than I have.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

    The link to the page where Bee shows her setup:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update/450
     
  4. Kalani

    Kalani Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks shipped today! Got my fingers crossed that everything goes well!
     
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    keep us. posted and show pictures when they arrive!! how eggciting!!:)♡♡♡ mine ship monday!!!
     
  6. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This chicks all look so great! We go pick up from Meyer mid May then mid July. First time:D
    1 surprise chick each time
    2 buff Orpington 2 black australorp then
    3 easter Eggers
    Can't wait to share them when it's finally time.
     
  7. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony Out Of The Brooder

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    I am picking up our first chicks tomorrow morning.....
     
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  8. tinakevin

    tinakevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so excited. My baby chicks were shipped today from ideal. I ordered 10 silkies assorted. 2 glw. 2 standard white Cochins and 2 barnvelders. They r coming from Texas to New Hampshire. I hope they get here all alive.
     
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  9. Clevelandohio

    Clevelandohio Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm currently waiting on an order from McMurray that shipped Monday night. 25 ornamental layers plus a suprise .... Which I'll have no idea which one is the suprise unless it's a rooster. Kinda like playing Russian roulette. I'm just so nervous as we are approaching 3 days tomorrow in transit. I have a belly ache worried for the littles. And my 2 year old daughter will be with me the whole time. Please pray they arrive safely tomorrow morning.
     
  10. poodlechicks

    poodlechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sending good vibes for a safe arrival. Keep us posted!
     

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