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Re: Re:Cats and Chicks..

My chick brooder has a screen top on one end, and wood with some small plexi
windows on the end with the heat lamp. Diesel loved to spend the day
watching the chicks and enjoying the extra warmth.

I was glad the chicks got big enough for Diesel to leave them alone. He was
good when I was out there with him, but considering the lust in his eyes,
and what he did to a wren that got onto the screened porch, I think that he
would have made lunch out of them given the chance.  It was a very
well-traveled wren before he dropped it in the dining room and I was able to
get it out from underneath the furniture. Don't want to do that again!

BTW - the plans for my brooder came from Countryside and Small Stock Journal and it can double as a cheese dryer, if you're interested. I can raise half a dozen chicks to 6 weeks w/ no problem.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Jesse Bell" <silverhawk@flash.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:39 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Re:Cats and Chicks..

Raja has been sitting by my newly hatched chicks every day that I've had
them in the house.  They are safe, in a big plastic storage box with a lid
that has holes cut in it.  I have a heat lamp in there - BUT - you can
sort of see the chicks walking around inside the box because of the light
shining on it, and Raja sits there, with HUGE eyes, and stares at the box.
I take the lid off to change the food, water and wood shavings, and to
play with the little cuties..and Raja sneaks her head over the edge and
looks at them, then looks at me like "can I have 'em?" and I say, "NO
Raja - not yours" and she sits back down, looking very put out.  But she
knows when I say "not yours" that she has to leave them alone. But she
really, really wants them.  I love those silly chicks.  Because I've had
them since day 1 or 2 and handle them all the time, they just sit in my
hand and fall asleep.  We had a new one hatch yesterday and I left it
under the mother for the first day.  They do
better that way.  I think I'll have 2-3 more before it's all over.  It is
so amazing to watch this whole process.  Very cool.

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