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Another helpful hint for newly hatched chicks is vent inspection. If the umbilical cord is still attached for some reason don't pull on it. It will dry off and fall off on its own. If you do pull on it it is likely to kill the chick due to internal organ damage. However the vents should be inspected regularly to look for pasting. That is when fecal matter clogs the vent. A gentle cleaning with warm water alleviates this so the don't expire from the inability to excrete their own waste.
We rarely have pasty butt these days. Switching over to the radiant warming plates and broody hens made all the difference. Those bulb warmers just warm the ambient air too much and contribute to the pastiness.
I wouldn't go back to the bulb warmers unless I was desperate. The chicks get off heat so much faster - often within 2 weeks unless the temps are still in the 30s when we've got chicks. The warming plates mimic a broody hen and let them run underneath it when they need a warm up. And there's less risk of fire. Have a friend that lost chickens, goats, and a barn from a heat lamp fire - not pretty.
When you integrate do you do the separate but able to see and become accustom to one another or do you put them all together in a large run and let them be silly with one another? I have always done the get introduced first but met someone recently that has a really large run and he just puts his new birds (once they are big enough) in with the older ones early in the day and they do their posturing and ruffling of feathers and by time to go in for the night it has all calmed down.
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