So, with my chicks' arrival quickly approaching, I'm getting everything ready and comfortable for them. I have a few questions:
1) So, my setup is a 4'x4' wooden brooder, two heat lamps with red 250-watt bulbs, pine shavings, one long feeder and one quart-sized feeder with DuMor chick starter, three quart-sized waterers that will have electrolytes, quik chik, etc, and 2' tall sides on the brooder, what else do I need? Is this setup the best I can offer? I will have about 28 chicks in total.
2) A question I'm having a hard time getting answered is, what should I look for in my new chicks? How do I kno wwhich ones to keep an eye on? Are there any common diseases, sicknesses, problems, etc. that I need to be on the watch for?
3) When will it be safe to let the chicks outside in their run/coop?
4) When will hens begin to lay eggs?
5) When and what size do I provide grit for the chicks?
6) When should I switch the chicks to the next type of food?
7) Which brands of food for chicks and chickens do you like best?
8) For a breeding flock with laying hens, what should I feed?
9) How high can a larger, heftier chicken jump/fly? If my coop has 6' tall sides, can I place roosts 2' or 3' up near the sides?
10) ANY small bit of advice goes a long, long way!
Thank you, everyone!