We don’t normally get little ones in the dead of winter but when a teacher friend hatched eggs for her class, I was absolutely ready to adopt those babies! They were ready to go outside at about 7 weeks, which was January 18th. Luckily here in Georgia it warmed up some that weekend. We also had just re-homed 2 roos so we had their hoop house to work with.
We moved the house to cleaner pastures and added a lower roost for Chico and the little Chickalettas. We know that one of them is a roo so far. Please, Lord only one! We added some wood panels we already had to close up the back. It is still cold and we want this to be a nursery for little ones. We were debating what to do about the front when we realized we have the perfect tarps- all those feed bags! We secured feed bags with staples and cable ties. Now we are thinking for future projects we may even cut and sew those little boogers together and make our own tarp. Some of the bags along the bottom are upside down because we used the whole bag and don’t want rain getting in. After using them that way we decided to fold the edges under. For the door I cut the bags and just used a single layer. It is snug and cozy inside.
At night the temps are still dipping quite low so they will need some supplemental heat for a few weeks. We will be using a heat lamp. It is affixed securely and will be turned off mid morning. I know that there are a lot of mixed feelings about heat lamps, but little ones without a mama need some supplemental heat. The chickies are doing just fine in their new nursery. We will have more ready for the brooder in a little over a week. And then before we know it they will be needing the nursery!