5 days and I'm pretty much clueless

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenlover210, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. chickenlover210

    chickenlover210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so I have read lots and lots of books about baby chicks. I'm getting 2 of my silkies on friday and 4 of my Rhode Island Reds a little while after easter (wel they might come at the same time but we arn't sure) I have to go too THe Familys hose on Easter. Can I leave my chicks at home? I watched a show (I was flipping through channels and something about chickens came up. Had to watch it) and it said the baby chicks had to be fed evry 2 hours or something. I'm confused I can't take them with me (can I?0 because she lives about 30-40 min. away and they will be about 1 week old and they would get cold. I'm confused. Is there routine check ups that I have to do every few hours.
    I'm confused.
    I have to re-read theese books. and all of them (or 2/6 will be coming in 5 days) I'm so excited but so confused please help.
    PLease



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  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Just give them there food and water. The really need water more then food I believe because the heat would dehydrate them.
     
  3. chickenlover210

    chickenlover210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that day should I put extra food and water or something?
     
  4. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    Chicks need to have food and water available to them 24 hours a day. You do need to check on them regularly during the day, especially during the 1st week. You need to make sure their waterers are free of debris and poop often.........Hope this helps! Also, make sure that you are keeping their temperature at 95 degrees for the 1st week and reducing it 5 degrees each week after. Enjoy!!!

    ***If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, just take extra precautions to make sure they have what they need.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2008
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you get feeder and waterer that holds quart(mason) type jar that is enough water and food for a couple of days, provide them with heat/food/water and they will be fine.
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    your only gone for that day right? Are you sure it was chickens and not wild birds?
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To add to my post, put water on small block/2x4 to raise it up out of shavings so less likely to get filled with debris.
     

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