This hatchling barely remembers the chicks from previous years. He is smitten and vibrates with excitement as he peers into the incubator.
I'm trying a new set up this year, with the Brinsea eco brooder.
I have the chicks and their brooder inside a large 120cm rabbit cage. I'm hoping that will keep them safe from our moggies.
I know that many others choose to invest in the mini chick drinkers and food dispensers.
I use jar lids.
I throw everything away after every batch of chicks.
I like that disposability, because no one is exempt from potential infections or diseases.
I line the brooder with paper towel which is changed several times a day, so I just let them play about scratching in their crumbs.
It isn't tidy, but it is easy to keep clean.
Ducks... ducks are a different brooder of birds.
Right now, I am enjoying the laid back care required for chicks.
In comparison to ducklings.
It is so sweet how quickly they develop this chicken behaviour.
Welcome to the world little birdies!
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