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Re: Re:Cats and Chicks..

Really? Yes, I'd be interested in seeing the magazine or online catalog for your chicken brooder.  Last night we went and bought a galvanized steel water trough (small and lower to the ground - small sheep or goat size) and transferred the chicks into that.  I have 10 of them now and the box was just too small.  I let my guard down for 5 minutes while I went outside to dump the old shavings into the compost pile and when I came BACK, RAJA was sitting INSIDE the trough, with the chicks, staring at them.  Poor little chicks were all huddled at one end, scared to DEATH.  I yelled "RAJA!!!! - NOT YOURS!!!  AGHHHHHHHH" and went after her...she scampered out of there and I didn't see her for the rest of the night.  I was so lucky.  Can't believe I forgot to close the laundry room door behind me.

Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com> wrote:
  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" 
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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