Need I say more?! I got my 10 little chickies yesterday, and they are too adorable! They were pretty stressed out when we first got them home, from being cramped in their box during the commute, and there was some pretty hard core pecking going on... some had a bit of blood on their beaks. Thinking back to when I had my little lovebird for eight years, I kept their brooder dim and quiet, and it definitely helped them calm down and relax. Today they're getting along much better.
Here's my brooder, make of two cardboard boxes:
Here's my brooder with all 10 chicks inside! I'm using a traditional waterer, and made a feeder from a Folgers container. I used a 1.25" drill bit to cut holes every 2.5" around. Water has special mix in for electrolytes to help de-stress. I plan to install water nipples in the next couple of week. I'm using an eco-glow brooder for heat. They go under it as needed, like a mother hen. There's no fire risk and it uses less energy. It helps them regulate their body temperature better, as they use it when needed, and aren't forced under a heat lamp that may be too hot or too cold. It's been amazing so far! I put painter's tape on top of the eco-glow to make for easy cleaning in case they jump up there.
I also used flax bedding. Got it from a local guy. It's supposed to be less dusty than pine shavings, stays drier (so lasts longer), and was cheaper. Can't argue with that. I've had no issues with it so far.
Chicks are a brown layer. They're supposed to be docile, and winter hardy.
They'll move to a bigger brooder in our workshop in three weeks, then into the coop at eight weeks. I'm not letting Daisy near them. We let her look in once, but I don't want to risk any trouble!