WHEW! I didn't have access to a computer for a couple days and look at the feathers flying!
To those who PM me and appologized for someone else's comments, thank you but it was not necessary. I actually got quite a kick out of the comments!
After reading this I thought about my "impulse purchase" and decided it was cruel of me to keep the baby chicks under a heat lamp
with fresh water and bedding and food IN my HEATED
laundry room/sun room (which doubles as my greenhouse until it warms up outside). How inconsiderate could I be of nature and wild animals?!?!?! I have released the chicks to the wild, in the woods behind the house where they can be raised by the TURKEYS!!!
OK, I'm done with my sarcasm now. Boy I'm sure glad I didn't post a picture of my human
children outside next to their snowman with no hats on!!
Sorry, I really got a kick thinking of all the smarty things I could have replied back. Got those imaginative juices flowing!
The chicks are doing great and I have since purchased a couple more. 3 of the 4 Buff Orpingtons that I purchased turned out to me male so I went back and got a few more now that they are barely beginning to feather you can tell which are which. The black are swimming links so I got them a New Hampshire Red male also.
I actually have thought about chickens for a couple years but didn't have anywhere to put them. I have googled some things and have a book that I can't remember the name of but something like Raising chicks for hobby farms or pleasure farms or something-er-other. I bought the feeders and waterers last year thinking I would get the chicks for easter, I didn't realize tho that by the time easter gets here the chicks are gone. From my new picture you can see that the chicks are in a new, bigger home now too. Which I made last year but wanted them in the smaller one at first to keep them warmer.
There were originally 8 chicks, now there are 11. 4 are males. They were very young and do like to huddle whether cold or not. The heat lamp is on ALL the time even tho they are in the heated laundry/sun room which also houses my heater and water heater, with the door closed to keep the cat out. It is quite warm in there. I also have a thermometer in the bin with the chicks. I have not been saving shoe boxes for them to live in for the rest of their lives, I have an old 3-holer outhouse in the yard near the barn which we are converting to a coop with a fenced playground for them.
I can completely understand Breezy's concern BUT it would seem that one would gather facts BEFORE dragging out the tar and feathers.
Oh yeah, I'm too cheep to pay high prices for dyed chicks, figured I'd do that myself with some lead based spray paint! Or maybe I'll let the kids tye-dye them with paint ball guns!!