1 day olds coming my way tomorrow

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by natgraf, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. natgraf

    natgraf Just Hatched

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    Hi, I'll be a mommy to 4 baby chicks tomorrow. I have 3 small children too [​IMG] I was feeling prepared but now I"m freaking a bit. I have a large rubber-made container with pine shavings, a feeder, and then my husband is supposed to make one of those automatic waterers with a nipple drilled into a container. my question to the chicken world is .... will they be ok through the night? given the temp is good and food and water is good. and I work 3 days a week, will they be ok 8 hours at a time alone in there?! again given food water and temp is right?
     
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    They will be fine. All they really need is water, food and warmth.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    My chicks are out in a shed. They spend most of their time alone out there. They are fine, just check everything once or twice a day minimum. Once they are set up and the temperature is right it's almost too easy.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    When I got my chicks four weeks ago today, they were one day old and I installed them in a brooding pen in my run under the heating pad system. It was in the high 30s at night and high 60s during the day, but they were toasty warm under their heating pad, which gets around 95F when they contact it with their backs.

    They have grown up in very cool ambient temps, and are now sleeping in the coop with no heat at age four weeks. They are also fully integrated with the twenty other adult chickens in the flock, and free ranging already during the day.

    If you're curious to see how my set-up looks, check out the article I wrote on brooding chicks outdoors, linked below my post. Plastic totes are not the most ideal way to brood chicks, but it will get the job done for the time being. You might look into the heating pad method, though since it is much safer and more comfortable for the chicks. But the plastic tote won't have the necessary room for your chicks for very long. I highly recommend brooding right in your coop.
     
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    natgraf Just Hatched

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    the crazy thing is I asked a friend the other day who has chickens how she did the heat lamp set up.. and she said, "what heat lamp?". she said in the last 6 years she's had 3 batches of chicks and not once used heat, just kept them inside in a rubber-made.....
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    If your house is in the 80's or even high 70's they could be fine without extra heat and warm themselves up by piling. This time of year mine sporadically get extra heat depending on the ambient temperatures. In another week I will just run my heat lamp at night and the chicks are outside all day getting warmed by the sun.
     
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