I wish I could free range mine, but with the labs, and coyotes, I don't feel safe with them out running around. Posted via Mobile Device
We have pitbulls and a lab and cats, the pit bulls keep the coyotes away. Im also sort of a dog rescuer/trainer so all my animals get along with everyone else, we even have a loose rabbit and goats in the yard without anybody attempting to eat anybody else. I didnt feel safe at first but after a while I trusted them. And we just added a new boxer pit mix and she is already trusted with all the animals. Good luck with your babies!
Hi congratulations on the new chicks. The chicks should be kept at 95 degrees for the first week then lower it by 5 degrees a week until the out side temp is same as the brooder temp. Then they are ready to be moved outside. I use a heat lamp with a 100 watt bulb to brood my chicks. I hang it low and put a thermometer right under it so I can monitor the temp. If the chicks are huddled up they are cold if the are scattered around under the light then temp is good. If they are all at the other end of box away from heat source heat is to high.. I have raised 100s of chicks over the last few years so if you have any other questions please feel free to ask.
Thanks! I have a red light above them. Not sure of the exact temp but they lay under it and don't huddle to close. It took some trial and error. I had it to close at first and they hid from it. Then I moved it up and they were laying on top of each other. I have it in the middle now and they seem peaceful. I'll def get a thermometer at work tommoroe and put it in the box just to make sure. Posted via Mobile Device
Ok I do have one question lol. When do they fly? I am worried about one getting out while I'm at work and getting cold. I thought about putting some wire mesh over top of their box, but worry about it being to close to the lamp and getting hot and catching fire. Can anyone reccomend something to put over the box? Posted via Mobile Device
As soon as their wing feathers come in. You will know when its time to cover the brooder. They will start getting on top the water-er and looking up at the edge of the box and you can tell they are thinking, I think I can make it. I use the 100 watt bulb so I can hang it lower than the wire top. If you have the room I would get a bigger box and hang the light below the wire. A 250 watt heat lamp is kind of a over kill. I only use the 250 watt bulb when I have chicks in a out side brooder.
Hmm... That's what the hubby brought back from tsclol. Can you tell we are chicken noobs? I think I'm doing better than I did last year....
If I hang the light in the box with a 100 watt bulb, will it not Cath the box on fire though? I was so worried with this set up at first, I was checking the box every five minutes. Posted via Mobile Device
I use one of these animal cages. I hang the lamp in one end, feed and water go in the other end. I also use puppy wee wee pads to line it with. Makes clean up a snap just roll them put in a bag and toss out. I hate the wood shavings so messy. I also use this type of thermometer. Bought it at walmart $5 or $6 takes 1 AA batt and last about a year. I place right under the lamp so I can adjust temp as needed.
As you can see from the second picture I am getting my second incubator fired up for another 50 eggs. I am trying to get it to 99.5
I have a wire cage, but my daughter's rats are n it. Not sure how they would like sharing with chickens lol. I remember when I was young, under 10, my aunt hatched chickens. She had an incubator and I would sit AMD watch the babies for hours. Never thought about having my own until last year. Posted via Mobile Device
Eta I'm using care fresh instead of the wood/paper/what not. I find it very easy to clean.
Hatching eggs is lots of fun. Once you get the chicken bug your next purchase will be an incubator. I have hatched every thing from quail to peafowl and turkeys. I even thought about trying some emu eggs. But I just don't have a use for them and can not hatch them knowing i'm causing a life just to see if I can.
I had pet rats as a child and loved them I had 14 of em.
I'm not going to think about hatching until I know I can keep these alive lol. One of them is having trouble with its poo sticking on its but. I cleaned it off last night, but tonight its really stuck. I read you can use vasiline or olive oil to help get it off. Hopefully she makes it until tommorow when I get home from work without stopping herself up. I wiped her with a warm rag and got some off, but its being stubborn. I did three of them last night, but she's the only one tonight still having issues. Posted via Mobile Device