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New in Texas! Getting 2-wk chicks, help?

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Hello all, I'm new to chickens, I just got 6 week old Rhode island reds and barred rock.
We're going tomorrow to pick up 2week old blrw chicks....I'm assuming they'll need a heat light? Any advice on chicks this age?feed the same as my others? (Medicated grow)
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I should add that it's mid 70s during the day here. We are buying 4-6 chicks, so would a huddle box be adequate for night-time?
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70's would be too cool for 2 week old chicks  - your older chicks are probably fully feathered out and could acclimate to that daytime temp.    Usually a two week old chick would have temps. of  90 degrees  where the heat lamp hits the brooder floor at one side = leaving  the other side free - so chicks can determine what is comfortable for them.   If chicks lie far apart they are too warm.  If they pile up - they are too cold. 

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Heat lamp or MHP (Mother Heating Pad).  There's a thread on the MHP, I need to get more chicks so I can try it out :)  As for feeding, they'll take Chick Started Medicated & water.  Have fun.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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