So after I bragged to the internet about how great I am at brooding chicks I have to talk about my failures too.
These are management issues. Totally management issues.
The blame falls on me. That’s it. I failed to follow through on a conversation Julie and I had. Julie moved a heat lamp to the third tank in preparation for moving birds. We just wanted to warm things up a little bit. We made a bad decision.
The second failure was a lamp burned out and we didn’t have a spare. I thought we could make it on two lamps.
The third failure was using a lamp that didn’t produce as much heat as expected. So the chicks in brooder #2 weren’t as warm as they should have been. And they all crowded up under one lamp.
The fourth failure is a lack of fresh bedding in the brooder. The remaining birds aren’t as clean as I would like them to be.
I should have bought extra lamps. I should have made sure the temperature under each lamp was consistent. I should have spread the birds out among the brooders immediately. I also rolled the dice on weather, trying to brood chicks when it’s negative infinity outside.
But here’s the end result. For four hours brooder #2 was a little cool. Over the following 48 hours 32 chicks died.
One little mistake.
I’ll recover from the loss of chicks. It hurts. It hurts badly. But I can never take back words said in anger and frustration.
My worst mistake in this was blaming others.
That too is a management issue.