Ok. I have four chicks bought at a feedstore March 5th. Three were said to be one day old and one (a Leghorn) was said to be 4 days older.
So, the Leghorn should be right at 4 weeks now. She (I thought perhaps she was a he but now I'm thinking she is in fact female) is pretty much completely feathered flies up onto the feeder, etc. Two of the others - a Wyandotte and a RIRed who would be 3 1/2 weeks old have a lot of feathers but still quite a bit of down. The fourth chick is a Brahma - also 3 1/2 weeks. I know that they are slower growing. She is ALL down with just little tinky wing feathers coming out though she is as big as the Wy and RIRed.
Other than some pasty bottom issues at the very beginning we have had no problems (knock on wood).
They are now in a 2' x 2' x 5' long box with a heat lamp at 80° and a hardware cloth "roof" in the basement. they have a roost, water and electrolytes/probiotics, a chick treat hanging thing and a bit of chick grit.
How and when do I get these girls with their different development schedules into the coop (which I haven't finished yet!- Yikes!).
Also, I have been giving them Manna medicated starter crumble.
When can I give them something else (what?) and when do I stop medicating? all at once or gradually?
I will post pic later of them! Wy and RIRed both very friendly- come up and ask to be petted! Brahma ok. Leghorn is not friendly to me but is ok with Others!
Edited by Plinky - 3/29/16 at 8:26am