Well, my 14 babies are growing-playing-pooping non-stop! They have so much energy, I'm calling them my “crack”-babies! I'm still on the lookout for “Pasty Butt”, but so far, so good. We lost power again last night, so the incubator was carried downstairs to the garage and hooked up to the car battery in my husband's car (so we know it works!). Using a propane camping stove, I boiled some water and filled one of those old-fashioned hot-water-bags, along with a couple of seltzer bottles, and tucked them around the babies. I then covered the entire brooder with an afghan, to help keep the warmth in. The brooder has been upsized from a Rubbermaid bin to a kiddie-swimming pool. This gives the chicks a better chance to find their own comfort zone…If it's too hot for them under the 250 watt infrared light, they can always move a little farther away. I also have it sitting on some upside-down bins, so I don't have to bend so much to change their bedding. Also, I am using the blue shop towels over Rubbermaid shelf liner…the towels just get rolled up and put in the garbage, while the shelf liner gives a nice cushiony feel for their feet, so no spraddle legs here!
The following pictures were taken under the heat lamp, so the colors are somewhat distorted…I'll disconnect the lamp later today for a few minutes, in order to get some better photos. The chicks' colors seem to be changing daily…That's part of the fun with Seramas! In the first photo, the chicks are only 2 days old!
Incubator #2 is now in lockdown…I am expecting the eggs to pip on Friday…I will keep everyone posted on their progress!