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Deborah Davidson Harpur
Deborah Davidson Harpur

you might want to raise those feeders a bit. they spill food in the water and poop in it. but not much. in a week or two you’ll move them higher if you have room . I put a plushie in there with mine, depends how many you are getting. If I don’t have any plushies I steal a pair of the socks my husband should have replaced and ball them up and put that in there 🙂

Deborah Davidson Harpur
Deborah Davidson Harpur

mine like to sleep on them. If I have just 1 or 2 I put a feather duster in there for them to hide under their “ momma”

Michal Owens
Michal Owens

Following. I have a similar set up but with the pine chip bedding. I have to change the water out like five times a day.

Deborah Davidson
Deborah Davidson

Harpur they won’t need a light at night. they need to sleep.

The sun gets turned off at night, but they still need heat 24/7. I use lightbulbs for heat so mine are under constant light, but they catch on and go to sleep once I start turning the light out – sometimes after 20 minutes of complaining though, loudly complaining!

Deborah Davidson Harpur
Deborah Davidson Harpur

but you might need light during the day 🙂 also, you might want to cover the top of your heat plate, in a week or so they’ll be jumping on there and pooping so easier to clean up if you put something on top. and if you are getting any polish, etc make sure the plate is high enough for them to not hit their heads. a person in one of my groups had a polish chick burn itself super bald.

Deborah Davidson Harpur
Deborah Davidson Harpur

yeah the plate she has has heat come DOWN. which is why if she has any little dome heads coming she will want to raise it up. I also keep mine high, and will pad up little areas so if they need to be closer they can.

Deborah Davidson Harpur
Deborah Davidson Harpur

trust me- poop!

I just scotch taped paper on mine

John Simon Ritchie
John Simon Ritchie

I can’t see pics at the moment but I use a big rubbermaid tote and a shrouded 100 watt incandescent bulb in one corner of it. The temp should read 95 on the brooder floor under the light for day olds.

Susan Lazarchick
Susan Lazarchick

after they settle for a few days, maybe add the shavings. let them get used to the water and the food, but I also raise mine up a bit….either on a piece of wood or on a piece of patio brick…they are messy. you might want to end up getting a tote or a small animal cage for them as the cardboard is going to get messy quickly…..best of luck!