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post #11 of 18
Well I'm a newbie so I hope someone with more experience will chime in. This is what I bought:

I read online and it says good for ALL birds. It's basically vitamins. I figure if it's not too potent for my parakeets it won't be too potent for my chicks. I bought it at PetSmart.
Edited by Bridebeliever - 9/19/15 at 8:37pm

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks, are there any natural foods, like lettuce, milk, etc. that I could also feed to the chick? I'll post an update in about 2 weeks of all the chicks so maybe someone will be able to tell the breeds lol yippiechickie.gif
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
In know it hasn't been two weeks lol, but They've grown a bit and I might have to give them away very soon. Are the breeds and possibly genders distinguishable now? When do they become noticeable?










The small chick survived, though he's still really tiny and kind of shaky.


Here's a size comparison again, though I think the difference is bigger than it looks in the picture.

Edited by sarahhof - 9/26/15 at 7:04am
post #14 of 18
Where do u live? Im in the midlands of South Carolina. I would love to hatch my eggs but have to find a docile rooster first lol im new to this but learning lots on line. Id love to help n get a couple of your chicks to raise. :-) again where do u live??
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sorry, but I don't live anywhere near you live sad.png I would love to give one to you, but I'm on the opposite coast lol. I'm already planning on giving one to someone. I'm just really curious about the breeds.
Edited by sarahhof - 9/26/15 at 1:28pm
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
The person had the eggs said she had some Ameraucana chickens, so the spotty ones might be those...I still don't know. When do the genders become apparent, and is there any behavior associated with a certain gender that I could identify at their age (3 weeks)

And the white might be a.. Leghorn? Is that a breed?
Edited by sarahhof - 10/1/15 at 7:54pm
post #17 of 18

The itty bitty one could be a bantam - did it hatch later than the others?   Usually chicken folks get  Polyvisol infant drops (NO iron) - Walmart and drug stores etc. carry that for babies.   Give 2 drops, 3 times a day.  I recommend putting it just inside the beak- so the chick can push it back out if he doesn't want it. Better than having it choke him

The chick may be getting pushed away from the feed and water by the bigger ones.  That would be a plausible explanation why it is small and shakier.   The bigger ones may be knocking it over or walking on him - which  can set him back also.

 

I think he should be in a small cage by himself  where he has water and feed and can eat as much as he wants  You can give him a small stuffed toy to cuddle with and a mirror, so he thinks there is another chick with him. Maybe he is cold and needs a heat lamp - smaller  chicks usually do. You haven't mentioned a brooder, so I am guessing you are living in a warm-or hot climate and don't feel baby chicks need it.

 

You could also supplement him with some finely mashed hard boiled egg yolk moistened a bit so it's easier to eat.  Chicks usually love that.

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post #18 of 18
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We had to give them away when they were about 4 weeks old. I've never had a chick die, so thankfully the small chick survived, and isn't a bantam. He was really bony but ate more than the rest, and pooped fine. His wings weren't as grown in as all the other chicks that had fully grown wings, and when I let them run around outside he followed around the black chick. He was really demanding and would cheep loudly if I left him alone (Which I hardly ever did), the rest wouldn't. When I got home he would run up to me and follow me until I fed him, cheeping. He acted like all the other chicks, and was just as energetic. The little guy was a huge hit with the neighbors because of his size. Heres some of the last pics I got of them (In the same order):


^^^ The alpha.. i think the first three chicks were males.




He was really soft, like silk ^^





These little kids were so smart, when I sat down they would all fly up to my lap, and when they wanted out of their cage they learned to fly up and perch on the edge of the brooder, then jump on me XD. The third one, named Chipmunk, climbed up my clothes, I don't know how, and sat on my shoulder for a few hours. They really loved bushes too, would sit under them for hours. It was so cute when they darted around trying to catch grasshoppers..

Bless them, i hope they are all still alive and well! wink.png

@drumstick diva
I definitely use a heat lamp XD. I provided a shady cooler area and a heated area, and was almost always near the brooder. All the chicks got along fine, I never noticed any biting besides when they established a pecking order, and they all slept together.

Ilive in a cold climate in the winter, and a hot in the summer, so I made sure the heating was appropriate. We hatched them in the summer so it was warm enough to let them outside, supervised, when they were old enough.
Edited by sarahhof - 11/30/15 at 7:21pm
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