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

 

 

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8 thoughts on “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. :-/

    1. 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. 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. 🙂

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