I needed somewhere to incubate them. Enter: The Chick-u-bator.
|The Chick-u-bator in all its glory|
The Chick-u-bator is basically an 8 x 4 sheet of plywood, with 16" tall sides, and metal fencing pieces nailed on to keep animals in and/or out, as necessary. It also has a heat lamp on one side, and a hanging feeder and chicken waterer on the other. The bottom is lined with leftover hay I cut last year.
Topping it all off is a rolling door of chicken wire, with a 1x1" beam to weight it down.
I have the whole thing inside my shed, so they heat lamp and protection from the lements keeps them warm and cozy at night, and so the peeping doesn;t attract possums or raccoons.
The chickens love it.
Wifers got the pleasure of opening the chicks up and placing them in. The took to the food and waterer pretty quickly, and they like to settle down by the heat lamp and nap...a lot.
It's been over a week now, but they're doing great.
|Wife, Thing #2, and Thing #1, bottom to top, with most of the baby chicks.|
Next step: building the coop. Plans are underway....