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Anyone help tell me how old my chicks look

post #1 of 9
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I am new to chicken world. I have 5 Rhode Island reds. The feed store wasn't sure how old they were. I got them two weeks ago and they didn't have feathers. Now growing feathers and crown fast. I'm trying to determine if they still need light 24/7. [IMG]
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Welcome to BYC :)

 

They will need supplemental heat until they are fully feathered, meaning they have feathers over their entire body, neck and head.  At that point they can regulate their own body temperature.  As they get older and more feathered, they will need less heat, so you can raise the heat lamp, and make sure they can move away from it.  

 

Are they in that tub full time?  Because that is probably inadequate space for them already, and as they get bigger (which happens VERY quickly!) they will need even more space.

 

Check out the Learning Center for lots of great information on what your chicks will need

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center


Edited by 1muttsfan - 10/24/15 at 6:45am

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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post #3 of 9

In a brooder that small, you run a very likely risk of overheating them, which could kill them.  Chicks should have 1 sq. foot/bird, minimum.  They should be able to get away from the heat to the point that the far end of their brooder is at least as low as room temp.  If you see them panting, they are overheated.

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Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

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Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #4 of 9

Your chicks appear to be around three weeks old, maybe a few days less.

 

You need to get them into a bigger brooder asap. Try to understand the heat needs of baby chicks. They need one spot to warm up and a LOT of room to then get away from the heat or it can kill them, just like standing in front of a camp fire long after you've warmed up will result in burning you.

 

It does not matter in the least what temperature the rest of the brooder is. It can be 90F under the heat source and 50 degrees or even 15 degrees in the rest of their space. The two most important things are a heat source and then space to get away from it.

post #5 of 9
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no they arent in the rubbermaid box  i put them there to take photos. they actually have a nice coop on wheels in my shed now under a red light. thanks for the tips.

post #6 of 9

Between 3 and 4 weeks as of that photo. I think closer to 4.

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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Here is their set up now.  Thanks for all the help!  Sorry for the red glare on my camera from the red light.  They have plenty of room, are off the ground, and I rolled the coop inside my storage shed

 

 

post #8 of 9
Looks very comfortable.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

Reply

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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post #9 of 9
If they've only got their little wing feathers starting then I'd say about 2-3 weeks as they look similar to my 2week olds? Did the have any feathers when you got them or just fluffy downy feathers? If only the fluffy ones then they were probably just a few days old at that stage.

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our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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