We got baby chicks this weekend.
To prepare for them Clay and I pulled an old lambing crib out of the lean-to, drug it in the barn and proceeded to 'Heitschmidtize' it.
Heitschmidtize- (verb) to pull together crap that is lying around your property to function in whatever capacity your immediate need dictates.
Then we headed out to the local farm supply store and picked out our chicks like they were donuts. "Um, yeah, I'll take four of those black ones and two, no wait, um, give me, yeah, yeah, two of the Buff Orpingtons, and what's that one? Hmmm, yeah, okay, I'll take four of those....". It was quite fun. We came home with 16 little peeping machines.
We looked at how much space they took up in the tiny carton and decided to scrap the 'Heitschmidtized' crib and stick them in a big plastic tub.
I have 16 chickens in my basement.
Next on the agenda, turkeys.