The first week with our little chicks has been so fun. I thought I'd share a few photos and what this experience has been like for us so far. For starters, we got the chicks when they were around a day or two old. The lady in the farm store warned me that sometimes one or two die, just from the adjustment or from unknown reasons. We immediately were attached to them so, I'm very relieved that ALL of them are doing well. Now, we just hope that they're all hens, because we really don't want roosters. This chicks are for fun and for eggs. Having a nasty rooster just wouldn't fly around here...sorry, couldn't help but throw that pun in. So anyway---we love these little chickies and we're hoping they're all hens.
One of the things I love most about this brooder that my Dad designed is how incredibly easy and safe it is to raise and lower the light. Each week, I'm raising it up a bit and slowly, they'll become less dependent on the heat.
I wasn't sure if they'd pay any attention to the tiny roost inside of the brooder, but they actually use it a lot. Especially the black one, Woodbark. That Woodbark stands out in a crowd---she's a bundle of fun.