First Time Chick Parents, Spring 2016 - Page 4
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We just picked ours up this morning. So far all looks well. We are completely new to this also, but I am nosy and like to learn new things so I feel pretty confident. So we have 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 speckled sussex to start with, and maybe next year we will grow our flock. I did manage to get a picture of my little guy holding one of the little gals. He is cracking me up as he is a great brooding hen! I think he is coooing more than mama ever would have! " OOOOOOOOH they are SOOOOOO cuuuute!
Not sure if anyone answered your question yet. You can order fewer than 25 from mypetchicken. The dont do small orders year round, but once it is warmer and safer for the chicks to travel in small numbers they do.
Just got my first babies yesterday. One has already died. 😢 I don't know if she was sick or just got trampled. I believe I have done everything by the book...large container, red heat lamp, about 90* on one end, covered other end with a towel to prevent drafts, started food, plenty of fresh water that I have changed/filled 3 times already, rubber nonslip mat, pine shavings, thermometer. I placed a brick in there for them to climb on since I haven't found anything to serve as a roost bar yet. What am I missing?
I am so sorry to hear you lost one of your chicks . Sounds like you have a great set up. Was in within 24 hours of receiving the chick? Are you familiar with checking for pasty butt? Sometimes it just happens shortly after arrival.
What the heck is pasty butt? And how do you cure/prevent it?