Chicks are just seven days away!
We’ve been busy taking care of last-minute details, and prepping the brooder.
A couple weeks ago, Matt and I bought a new rabbit hutch that we converted into a brooder. It’s just big enough for the chicks to live in for their first six weeks, before transitioning to the chicken coop.
Today, we took out a divider in the hutch so the inside is an open space. Then Matt cut a piece of plywood to cover the wire mesh floor. Viola! The brooder was ready to be decorated.
First, I laid down a couple layers of paper towel, which is easier for chicks to walk on in their first few days. I also put in the waterer, and a shoebox lid. From what I’ve read, it’s easier for chicks to learn how to eat in the first few days if they can peck at their feet. So I will fill the shoebox lid with chick crumbles, and let them go for it.
I also hooked up the EcoGlow heater, which the chicks can walk under to warm up.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve also been collecting items for a first-aid kit. Matt teased me, asking why I never made a first aid kit for our dog, Charlie.
The answer is simple: aviary veterinarians who treat chickens are few, and hard to find. Most chickeneers treat their own chickens, even doing their own surgeries. On the other hand, I could take my dog to a variety of emergency vets at any time of the day.
So am I overprepared? Possibly. But I really don’t think so.
Better safe, than sorry, right?