We just celebrated another sign of spring. Our baby chicks are three weeks old and we moved them from living in my studio space to the shed outside Sunday. It can never happen early enough for me and this year was the same. I counted the days until they were mostly feathered out, because birds can control their body heat better with feathers than when covered in down. It finally happened this week. My birds were finally mostly feathered out. I set up two heat lamps in the shed; their target ambient temperature is 80-75 degrees. I set up some shields to help their area to be as draft free as a corner in a shed can be. Quite a challenge in an uninsulated shed, with a sliding barn door. But by the afternoon I was sure we could take them out and do right by them.
Last night’s low was 19 degrees, and we got 4 inches of snow. This morning we found our birds setting under the heat lamps none the worst for wear. It looks like tonight will be more of the same. Spring in Montana what more can I say.