So I sent dh to pick up a few (25) more chicks yesterday from Atwoods, I got 2 huge boxes from work and I joined them together to create a very spacious brooder for the group. We decided to combine the original 10 with the new guys. The have 2 heat lamps, 2 feeders and a huge waterer. The boxes are covered by a fitted sheet made for a toddler bed (I don't own one of those nor a crib so it was perfect). When you open up the lid to do anything it feels like the tropics in there, I am very tempted to live with them instead. :) I noticed last night that some of the chicks like to sleep by the waterer, it's odd really because they are actually standing in the water, attempting to sleep. Now if it was just 1 I would think nothing of it but there was a group of them.
This morning we woke up to find that there was still a group in and around the waterer sleeping, then we noticed a black mass in the waterer which we naturally assumed that they had pooped in the water. Turned out to be the body of one of the chicks, then there were 2 more :( As I said they are weird. All the rest have been accounted for, I am glad the bigger ones have adopted the smaller guys. Though I am always a bit worried the way they huddled on them. It is amazing how big the original 10 are, babies sure don't grow that fast in that short a time (though it feels like they do sometimes). I highly recommend picking up a copy of Sue Weaver's book on raising chickens if your new to it and/or thinking about it.