|There always has to be one!|
This made me suspect I have at least one rooster amongst the three remaining chicks. As soon as I heard the lone cheep, I knew what happened. It could still see its siblings, but it was sad. The plaintive, forlorn lone chick tells me it is out of the box without me looking. All the others quit cheeping. Are they in awe and just stop their normal cheeps, wondering if they, too, can do this? Do they realize one is in distress? At any rate, I have had to go back and give a chick a little push. This time, he realized where he should be and started sliding on the slanted box lid, flapping like mad.
I had them in a plastic box. I kept wondering why the floor was wet. Well, it had a crack or three in the bottom. And, these chicks either turned over the bowl or scratched paper into it. The first chicks were not so messy, even with ten. Even when I got a better plastic box, and a better bowl, the chicks always looked damp. I knew that would kill them. Before, I kept a towel over the box inside the plastic box. I have fewer chickens and did not use the double box this time--cardboard and plastic boxes. At any rate, the setup was too airtight.
Before, when I got ten chicks and raised them, I had the box by the back door. The noise was not right behind my back when I sat and watched TV. This time, they were right behind my back and half as far away. They heard me when I came to use the bathroom and when I went to bed. It seems like I set them off much more often. Plus, I put a dark shower curtain over their whole plastic box when the were near the back door.
This time, they stayed awake or alert because light came in the plastic box sides 24 hours each day. I leave the bathroom light on all night. I figured this out late and put cardboard boxes, broken down and leaned against three sides of the clear plastic box. I figured that out late in their house stay, unfortunately!.
Finally, it got warm enough I could use the lamp and a towel over this box. The bathroom is always cooler, so I feared they needed the lamp, just not so much moisture held in. There was a plastic garbage bag underneath for security from chicken water all over the floor, water with the smell of poop.
I think it was about the end of May when I put them outdoors in the big pen. They were born around April 1, 2014. I put a small pen out with the big hens so they big girls would become accustomed to them. I did not want them chased down and attacked by the big girls as soon as I walked away. .
More on their transition later. They have been outdoors almost two months.
Do you love your chicks but cannot wait until they get big enough to leave your house?