Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I found the plans to make a tabletop brooder in one of the chicken books I have been reading. We picked up the supplies last week to make it. The past two nights the boys & I have been working on it.
We measured the rabbit wire & Sam is cutting a piece to fit in the indented area of the storage tub lid.
Sam is holding the plastic piece Mom is cutting out of the storage tub lid so we can see our chicks & let fresh air in to them.
Lucas is cutting one inch wide strips of wood to make a frame to staple the rabbit wire to.
Sam is drilling holes through the wood frame with the stapled rabbit wire & the the storage tub lid.
Sam is assembling the nuts & bolts to secure the wood frame with rabbit wire to the storage tub lid.
Our tabletop brooder is in the workshop just waiting for us to add the heat lamp, pine shavings, waterer, feeder & baby chicks. We were told the baby chicks will not arrive until the first week of March. We are hoping they will have all the colors in the silkie breed so we can have a colorful flock. The book said the baby chicks can live in the tabletop brooder up to eight weeks. So that gives us about ten weeks to have a coop ready for them to move in to. We are now looking for & gathering building materials to build the chicken coop.
Blessings Til Next Time!