Friday, May 8, 2009

Temporary chick housing

For the next 4 weeks, the chicks will be living in an orange box in the garage where we can keep the area heated evenly. They need it to be 90 degrees in there!

Of course, an ordinary box isn't good enough for our babies, so my husband created the luxury edition for Daisy and Henrietta. We lined the bottom with newspaper shred, gave them fresh water and food from feeders, and Rob even built a roost (a stick for perching) for them! He used an old wood scrap and even sanded it down for their tender little feet. The lid is a mitred wood frame with chicken wire covering it. We were a little concerned about animals somehow finding their way in to the garage, so we felt it best to keep them covered up. The heat lamp is an inexpensive one from Home Depot fitted with a clamp and a 60 watt bulb. Toasty!

The chicks had their first experience playing in the grass last night, which they seemed to love. They stayed pretty close to the kids and even snuggled up to Noah a little bit. We picked out some friendly birds.
(Please ignore the plants in the background that I haven't planted yet - oops).


  1. How sweet. You are a good mama - for the chicks and your kiddos. Happy Mothers Day!

  2. So stinken cute. Kids and chicks alike. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  3. Mindy - happy Mother's Day to you, too! Janelle - I tried to post a comment on your blog today and couldn't because I'm not a member. I "follow" your blog but I'm not sure if that means I'm a member. Just mentioning it in case there was something wrong with your comment function.

  4. Oh my gosh I want to rush right over! i love them and their names are the best!!!! I can't wait to hear all about life with them are they loud? smell? they are TOOOOOO CUTEEEE
    happy Mother's Day

  5. Nikki- where are you? Thank you for your prayers. Those chicks must be keeping you really busy. :)


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