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welcome to byc  you'll do fine with the new chicks, lots of guys here to help.

mom to flock of chickens, flock of ducks, gaggle of geese, herd of sheep, too many dogs, few cats, lots of pet turtles-3 over 126lbs, schools of fish, guard guinneas, bunch of peafowl, a husband and a teenager, nice to be needed.

 

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mom to flock of chickens, flock of ducks, gaggle of geese, herd of sheep, too many dogs, few cats, lots of pet turtles-3 over 126lbs, schools of fish, guard guinneas, bunch of peafowl, a husband and a teenager, nice to be needed.

 

"Morning coffee with God is my favorite time of day."

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post #12 of 14

Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

:jumpy:cd:welcome:cd:jumpy 

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

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Sassafras Grove Farm

sassafrasgrovefarm@outlook.com     sassafrasgrovefarm.weebly.com (not yet published)

 

Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

Swedish Flower Hens

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post #13 of 14

Since they are new babies and you only have four of them, you might want to take a look at these two things while you are perusing the forums.  I don't use a heat lamp of any kind, and many others don't either.  Instead we use a heating pad "cave" for our chicks and they simply thrive.  Natural day/night cycles, faster feathering because they are exposed to cooler temps around them, more natural because they dash under the heating pad for quick warm up but their entire environment isn't hot and most important, no risk of fire from the heat lamps or bulbs.  I have no scientific proof to back up my theory here but pasty butt seems to be thing of the past....since they are sleeping during the night and not eating 24/7, I think that helps.  Rarely, if ever, is pasty butt a problem with chicks raised under a broody hen, and this method mimics that closely.

 

The thread is Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder.  This system works well in an inside brooder or outside.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

 

There is a video of Mama Heating Pad at work on page 4 of that thread.

 

And this is how I raise my chicks....all of which are bright eyed, happy and healthy, and now laying very well.  Your temps are warmer than mine - I raised 3 groups outside when temps were in the teens and twenties - so this should work very well for you.  The heating pad we all use is the Sunbeam Xpress Heat, and with only 4 chicks you could easily use the smaller one that Walmart carries rather than having to order the larger one through Amazon.  The only thing you have to be sure of is that there is switch that allows you to bypass the auto-off feature and set your heating pad to Stay On.  Otherwise you'll be out there every hour or two to turn it back on.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

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Since they are new babies and you only have four of them, you might want to take a look at these two things while you are perusing the forums.  I don't use a heat lamp of any kind, and many others don't either.  Instead we use a heating pad "cave" for our chicks and they simply thrive.  Natural day/night cycles, faster feathering because they are exposed to cooler temps around them, more natural because they dash under the heating pad for quick warm up but their entire environment isn't hot and most important, no risk of fire from the heat lamps or bulbs.  I have no scientific proof to back up my theory here but pasty butt seems to be thing of the past....since they are sleeping during the night and not eating 24/7, I think that helps.  Rarely, if ever, is pasty butt a problem with chicks raised under a broody hen, and this method mimics that closely.

 

The thread is Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder.  This system works well in an inside brooder or outside.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

 

There is a video of Mama Heating Pad at work on page 4 of that thread.

 

And this is how I raise my chicks....all of which are bright eyed, happy and healthy, and now laying very well.  Your temps are warmer than mine - I raised 3 groups outside when temps were in the teens and twenties - so this should work very well for you.  The heating pad we all use is the Sunbeam Xpress Heat, and with only 4 chicks you could easily use the smaller one that Walmart carries rather than having to order the larger one through Amazon.  The only thing you have to be sure of is that there is switch that allows you to bypass the auto-off feature and set your heating pad to Stay On.  Otherwise you'll be out there every hour or two to turn it back on.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

I will totally build this for my next batch of chicks if I do not have a hen taking care of them.  I did not see this until now - I have been a worried mother hen about pasty butt, too hot, too cold and on and on.  I use a red light at night - am down to 100 watt bulb and a daylight light bulb during the day.  The chicks are feathering out (seems to quick to me) they turned 3 weeks old yesterday!  Thank you for the advice, I love it and will pass it on to all of my "chick" friends!  : )

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