Well, the chicks were safely moved out to their brooder in the “garage.” They all made the journey well and did just fine overnight. We had a bit of consternation trying to get the temp right. Is it one brooder light or two? Is it tarp on or off to stop any heat loss? Do we have enough insulation or too much? At any rate, they all did just fine. We did notice that the change of scenery was not pleasing to them (apparently they have less short term memory than a goldfish) since we noticed that there was not a single peep out of them on Saturday. However, they were all cheeping and moving around happily by Sunday.
But, another learning experience….I noticed when Blueberry and I were out on a walk with Kya, when we came back to put her towards the garage I noticed a funky smell. I honestly have to say that my first thought was “hey, I didn’t know my neighbor toked up. I never would have guessed that.” But then I noticed that the “toke” smell was coming from my garage and since I know that my husband and I do not partake, it had to be either the cats (and seriously-where would they score pot anyway?) or something else…
Well, short story shorter, one of the brooder lights had fallen down and had started to smoke the hay. Yikes! Everyone was fine and we were SO blessed that I happened to be walking by and did not just assume that the smell was my neighbor was just smoking a joint on his porch. However, we had even more learning from that:
1) While the barn cats were completely unable to get into the brooder, they were in fact able to mess with the cord coming out of the brooder, and that was just too much temptation. Someone messed with it and knocked it around ultimately leading the brooder light coming off the teacup hook that Sheldon had it on, leading to….
2) The Brooder light needs to be securely fashioned so that a bump, lump or swipe of the power cord can’t knock it off. A teacup hook was probably not the best choice, but sometimes the engineer of the house doesn’t account for outside influences like nosey cats. And while everyone is getting used to their new surroundings, you should…
3) Check on them often. Don’t select a spot that is so inconvenient for you to get to that you don’t go out to peek every few hours. Thank God that I happened to be walking by. While the smoke detector would have eventually caught the smoke, it would have gotten pretty thick in the brooder before it went off.
4) Alfalfa hay smells like pot. Yep. Not exactly a learning because I noticed it the first time I put it down in one of Kya’s spots, but when there is some heat applied, it really smells bad. Like my college roommate’s boyfriend’s apartment bad. Oh, and for the record, we don’t actually think my neighbor smokes pot. I just always assume it’s someone else simply because I can’t stand the smell. Peeeyeeeeuuu.
So, that’s it! We’re making bread and cheezie weezies today out on Blueberry Acres Farm along with a huge batch of red sauce. Also working on sources to bring in some additional fill dirt because we’re hitting some rock layers in our garden. Hope you are having a great day-happy homesteading!