This moening we moved the now-5-day-old chicks into the shed brooder. This gives them more space, and a choice of whether to snuggle under the electric hen, sit under the lamp, or sit in a cooler area. Aa aoon as they've grown a bit, we'll enlarge the ring, and then we'll add some things to hel keep them amused.
As soon as they were in the shed, I went to remove the initial brooder from the guest room. I wanted to be able to get back in and to sew. I picked the brooder up by the top handle, and the bottom promptly fell off.
This meant that the water bottle vacuum was broken, and the water gushed out. I couldn't risk moving the half I had left in my hand, as that would have spread the joy even further. Instead I stood, and waited for the water to finish pouring.
Spilled chick poo, chick crumbs, water, and soggy newspaper, make a surprising amount of mess.
I pushed my "grrrrr" feelings to one side, after all, a few months ago, that would all have been on the carpet.
I gingerly put the top down out of the way, and went to get some kitchen towel, a dustpan, and some newspaper.
Fortunately most of it missed the Ikea boxes.
It didn't take that long to clear up. And it's gone now.
And it could have been worse. I might have picked up the brooder with the chicks still in!