Monday, May 10, 2010

Chickucation: How to Set Up a Chick Nursery in Your Basement

It's that time of year!
The time of year when a peeping package arrives on the Farm.
That's right!
The new chicks are here!
The male person got a phone call early Sunday morning that the chicks were in Missoula. They came a bit earlier than he was expecting them.
He hopped in his truck and headed down to get them.

While he was gone the publicist cleaned out a space in the basement for them to live until they are old enough and strong enough to go outside. They need to be contained but still have a bit of room to stretch their little chicken legs.

They also need to have a heat lamp to keep them warm.

The chicks arrive in a special box with lots of air holes.

They huddle together inside for warmth. This year all of the chicks arrived alive. We are all very happy about that.

The male person and the publicist took them out one by one and showed them where their water was and gave them a drink.
They were thirsty!

They soon found their food all on their own.

We have an exotic chick again this year. 

Fortunately it does not look to be another Blue Guy. This is a good thing. Blue Guy was a very baaaaad rooster.  The publicist is guessing this is a Dark Brahma chicken because of it's marking and fuzzy feet but she doesn't know for sure yet.

It is cute, though and easy to pick out from all of the Rhode Island Reds.

The chicks will stay in the basement for about 5 - 6 weeks as they grow bigger and get strong enough to handle the outside world.

Then I have heard the publicist muttering about rooster stew again because of the way the current roosters are treating her. She says some very bad words when those birds attack her. She plans to try and make friends with this years' crop of roosters.

I wish her luck.

The publicist apologizes for the reddish/orange cast to the photos. The heat lamp is not the best lighting for taking pictures of the chicks.

Tomorrow:  Goat Vogueing


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