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Rubbermaid enclosure scares chicks

Rubbermaid chick hover to hold heat in


The experimental mini-enclosure for our new chick coop is retired for now.

We were planning on using it to capture some heat from the Eco-Glow brooder in case the night time temperature dropped below 50.

Turns out the big, green, plastic tub was too scary for our chick's first day. Just a few went under it, and they only stayed for a brief moment before scooting back to the bunched up flock in the corner. Maybe a small night light would make it look more cozy? Now that they're older it's not as big of an issue and the weather forecast calls for warm nights in the near future.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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