An email arrived in my inbox the other day, asking if I'd like straight run of White Leghorns. For free. Turns out there is a program around here that teaches about eggs and hatching, and once hatched a home is needed.
Our brooder is all set up, I just needed to plug in the light and put down feed. And set up water. The birds know how to do the rest.
Yesterday it was quite warm and sunny. The brooder is in the hoophouse where the temperature can get too hot..over 120 degrees. For part of the day the door to the building was propped wide open and the heat light was off. When the sky clouded it was necessary to get back and plug the light in, close the doors securely.
All babies require constant monitoring of them and their conditions.