We’ve had the chicks for one week now. They are growing so fast! The brooder is already getting crowded. I’ll move them to a bigger pen soon, but I want to keep them warm by the fire for one more week, so I needed to make a little more space for them. I decided to get rid of the standing waterer and feeder, and hang feeders from the outside, to give the chicks more room to spread their wings. Also, the standing water feeder gets dirty so quickly, even if you do put it up on a block.
I drilled a few more holes in the container, (I love my power drill – can’t imagine life without it!), so the chicks could access the spouts of feeders and water bottles hanging in the outsiders the brooder. I’ve never tried a water bottle for chickens before. I didn’t even get the special chicken nipples, I just used a water bottle we had never used with the bunnies. I wasn’t completely sure it would work. But these smart girls figured it out almost instantly! I dripped the water on the tip of new waterer with my finger a couple times. Once one chick figured it out, the others quickly followed.
The chicks are eating and drinking so much more than they were a week ago. They need it because they are getting big so fast! Pretty soon you may want to switch to larger feeders and waterers, to make sure they don’t run out. They are also getting flight feathers on their wings, and will start to flutter out of their brooder, given the opportunity, so make sure your lid is secure! Even though they are such sweet fluff balls when they are brand new, they are getting stronger and more hardy every day. This is good news! You’ve passed the first, most fragile, week. Congratulations!
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