Meet Our New Silkie Chicks

Aren’t they cute? Two buff and two white Silkie Bantams, 11 days old.  I tried to order Silkies from every reputable hatchery across the U.S. and they were all sold out.  Must have been pure luck that I found these locally. Unbelievable! 🙂

Silkie Chicks 2 10-8-14

Silkie chicks 10 8 14
First time using the new brooder…

Brooder 10-8-14

This is also the first time that I’ll be using a Brinsea EcoGlow without any other source of heat. I’m very pleased NOT having to worry about regulating temperature, or the fire hazard of a heat lamp.  It was hard to make the switch, it doesn’t feel like it provides enough heat. But after much research about what radiant heat is and how it works, I was comfortable using it.

I like the idea of rearing chicks in natural light. It would be great there was a low wattage light on the Brinsea brooder but there isn’t, so I provide them with nite light after dark.

Silkies 3 10-8-14

You can purchase, or just learn more about the Brinsea EcoGlow brooder HERE.

 

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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8 Responses to Meet Our New Silkie Chicks

  1. Sweet chicks. Nice brooder. I too switched to an EcoGlow this past Spring and had a hard time believing it was warm enough. It is hard to break old thoughts when you are use to a heat lamp. Maybe if I glued feathers to the EcoGlow it would look more like a broody hen and I would feel better about it. LOL. My chicks used it though and were very healthy. Now I need a better brooder than the stock tank sitting on the garage floor with wire over the top. :-/

    • tbnranch says:

      Ah yes, the stock tank with wire on top… been there! Put finding a suitable brooder on your to-do list, it’s amazing how much easier it is to raise chicks with functional equipment. It’s backbreaking tending to chicks on the floor!

  2. edshunnybunny says:

    How adorable! My new babies just turned 4 weeks old 🙂

  3. shadowlilies says:

    So cute…I want some. At least if you get little chicks you don’t have to have another big coop to quarantine them in for 3 weeks. I think I’ll take a look locally. 🙂

  4. Littlesundog says:

    I really like that brooder! Thanks for including the link. You have some cuties there… can’t wait for updates!

  5. They are so cute!! 🙂

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