What’s The Chicken Swing all About?

Does your flock need a boredom breaker?  I think this might be it! Looks like fun, and certainly would be entertaining to watch. Pretty sure even I could hang it. If your like me, installing anything is a challenge, but this seems girl friendly!

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The Pro’s and Con’s of Using the Brinsea EcoGlow for Chicks in Winter

An updated review by an actual user of radiant heat from a Brinsea EcoGlow20 brooder.

Raising baby chicks in winter… we’re all set in our ways. Especially me, but right now I’m practicing what I preach about not keeping chicks in the house and using the Brinsea EcoGlow brooder in an outside shelter. Radiant heat certainly has it’s qualities, just not in every situation. Here’s why…

Good Points

There are many valid reasons for using radiant heat instead of a heat lamp, and for the most part I agree with them all.
It’s pounded into our head to avoid  heat lamps being they’re a fire hazard, no argument there. It’s also true that pasting up (poopy bums) is less likely to occur when using the Brinsea brooder. Another good point is radiant heat is more like being under the mother hen. But, the Brinsea does have limitations to it’s effectiveness.

The Downside, (but not a deal breaker)

Chicks TBN Ranch 1012

Using radiant heat is compromised in temperatures below 50 degrees. In other words, it doesn’t offer sufficient heat for chicks when they need it most. So considering the fact we shouldn’t keep chicks in the family living space, and heat lamps are a fire hazard that should be avoided… what to do?   Every article on keeping baby chicks specifies the importance of keeping their environment at 95 the first week, then drop the temp by 5 degrees each week until they are fully feathered.
I realize there is constant controversy over the proper way to raise baby chicks. Our family has been raising chicks for three generations. My grandmother kept her chicks in the basement near the furnace, my mother in the kitchen behind the wood stove. I’ve kept them in a box in a spare bedroom with a heat lamp, then the laundry room, later in the garage. But today these practices are criticized. I’ve tried to comply with what today’s health officials consider safe chick rearing, and here’s my conclusion and solution.

I’m currently using the Brinsea Ecoglow20 brooder for my 6 day old chicks in an outside draft free 8×10 insulated shed. Outdoor temperature is 43 degrees. Taking into consideration the Brinsea brooder only provides enough warmth for chicks in temps above 50 degrees, I see only one solution… a heat lamp. Securely hung above the brooder box at a height to keep the interior heat at 60. Ok… truthfully more like 70.

Do I like the Brinsea EcoGlow? Definately, wouldn’t be without one. However, I don’t feel it’s the perfect solution with all the capabilities of kicking good ol’ fashion chick rearing practices to the curb. My opinion.

Predator Control for your Chickens

Nite Guard Solar, A Review

Does it work? Yes! This video will help you understand how it works, but I can tell you first hand that it’s everything they say. There are currently six on my property protecting my chickens from coyotes and hawks.

I have one on each coop, and then hang a plastic owl from a tree limb with the Night Guard hanging around it’s neck.

SUPER easy to hang from any fence, or it can be screwed to a wall or gate. Not sure how long they last, but mine are a year old and still going strong.

I highly recommend the Nite Guard, it works! It’s priced under $20 and that’s worth the peace of mind alone. You can get the Nite Guard on my website amy elizabeth’s Country Homestead.

 

 


Good Ideas Quad Chicken Coop, a Review

I don’t see a good idea here for a chicken coop, I see a $249 big pain in the butt bad idea that’s hardly an upgrade from a $60 dog crate. The Good Ideas Quad Chicken Coop could be used as a nesting area I suppose, but it’s sure not something I would close birds in at night… or ever.  If you should find a use for this coop, let’s not forget that you’re going to need a run, or fenced in area, materials to lift the coop off the ground, and if you’re expecting an indoor convenient spot for food and water… there ain’t one.  So plan on spending a lot of money for this coop to be at best, marginally functional.

If a tornado should land this coop in your yard, I suppose you could find a use for it as a nesting box for four chickens. But since this is highly doubtful, I recommend looking further for suitable chicken housing that isn’t going to nickle and dime you to death in order for it to be useful.

Good Ideas Quad Chicken Coop