Chapter three. Growing, Growing, Growing
Half way thru week two we have had to upgrade to the larger feeders. It makes feeding and taking care of them faster as well as they can spread out more as they are growing in leaps and bounds. I also cleaned them again and they are enjoying the fresh bedding.
We added a larger 3 gallon waterer as well since they are drinking and eating so much. We keep the one gallon waterers out too so they don't have to go to far to find water anywhere in the room. During the day I turn the brooder lights off as well but with our cooler afternoons and storms I make sure they are on for them at night. The room stays plenty warm during the day for them. Despite the excellent care they are getting we did lose a chick to an unknown cause. But the other 103 are doing fine.
And yet others like this little girl are almost fully feathered out. With luck by the end of week three we can look at moving them outside if they are big enough and feathered enough to go without the brooder. They have to be bigger than the chain link fence and able to sleep together at night for warmth in the shed without brooder lights. The unusual weather may be a challenge but we can cope.