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A List Of Things To Have For Chicks (Great for first time chicken owners)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BackyardFarmMom, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. BackyardFarmMom

    BackyardFarmMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2012
    Brooder box or 2-- just in case, boo boos can occur

    Red bulb-- If boo boos do occur, chicks will be less likely to peck/cannibalize the hurt chick

    Pine shavings-- covered with paper towel or not, I have never had a problem with chicks eating the chips

    Heat lamp that is ONLY from a pet store/ feed store-- some are covered in Teflon and will kill chicks.

    Something to secure heat lamp several times-- do not want it to fall and chicks can jump pretty high at a few weeks and knock it over/down

    Something to cover brooder-- don't want chicks getting out or being snacks for other pets/animals

    Multiple feeders
    (Feeders and waterers that are hanging/ setting up on bricks will help to keep bedding and poo out of food and water)
    Multiple waterers

    Medicated chick feed--(crumbles up until 18 weeks or so, then you can switch to layer)don't want cocci

    “About the medicated chick feed from the Michigan State University Poultry workshop this Spring.
    We were told to give medicated chick starter which does not contain an antibiotic but contains Amprolium which is an enzyme blocker and prevents the growth of the parasite coccidia.
    Then instead of switching suddenly to non medicated feed, it was recommended that when the chicks are 6 weeks old, we give 3/4 medicated and 1/4 non medicated feed. At week 7 we can give 1/2 medicated and 1/2 non medicated and week 8 give 1/4 medicated and 3/4 non medicated and then week 9 give all non medicated feed.
    That gives the chick a chance to build up an immunity to coccidia that may be present.”-- (chicken grandma)

    Vitamin and electrolyte powder to put in water-- I like to use this for the first few days to keep them peppy.

    I HIGHLY recommend using warm water-- helps chicks digest food, helps prevent hardened crops
    Prevents runny poo and pasty butt

    This site to compare strange poopies-- http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

    This medicine chart-- https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/medicine-chart

    Dosage chart-- http://www.xtremegamebirds.com/Dosage Chart.html

    Chicken first aid kit-- http://www.broodyhen.co.uk/ket/fowlnotfoul/1staid.htm

    Toxic plant list-- http://www.poultryhelp.com/toxicplants.html

    Coop and super secure run-- I put mine out at 5 weeks. You can choose what is best for you and your chicks

    Sand-- for bathing, eating, playing (3 weeks and up)

    Grit- to digest food (if chicks are eating anything else besides chick start they must have grit/sand/dirt/small rocks

    Meal worms-- treats (3 weeks and up) Fun to bury in the sand and watch the chicks learn to scratch for goodies!

    Oyster shell-- for layers (after 18 weeks)

    This is a site that lists top ten foods highest in vitamins--
    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-vitamin-D-foods.php-- Layers need calcium and phosphorus

    This is a chicken vet-- (as if you don't have enough to read on here...LOL)--

    Plain yogurt--(4-5 weeks and up) Yummy and good for digestion and sour crop

    Scratch- (8 weeks and up) Treat (chicks must have access to grit or dirt/sand/small rocks before they can eat this.)

    Roosts-- to play on… even in the brooder

    Hmmm... I am sure there is more...

    Mine did not enjoy fruits or veggies until after 5-6 weeks... they liked bugs best! Meal worms and earwigs!! Mmmm!

    They, also, love scrambled egg! I waited 5 weeks before giving them eggs.

    Wash hands before and after holding chicks.

    Have separate coop shoes and study biosecurity for you and you chicks health!

    Oh yeah... Have fun and give lots of cuddles for friendly chickens!

    Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts. Please be courteous to each other.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
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  2. melliott

    melliott Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 22, 2012
    North West Ohio
    Thank you for posting this.....7 chicks coming on Tuesday
  3. thejohnsie

    thejohnsie Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2012
    Marion, NC
    Waterers that hang from the ceiling keeps shavings and poop out of them which is better for chicks and easier to keep clean. Do yourself a favor and have those from the beginning. Just my two cents.
  4. BackyardFarmMom

    BackyardFarmMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2012
    I added that tidbit! Thank you!
  5. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wish I would have known this before we got chickens. lol! They get poop, shavings, food...pretty much anything, into their water all the time. I think I dump it, wash it out with hot water at least 8 times a day! We're definitely getting the hanging one soooooon.
  6. BackyardFarmMom

    BackyardFarmMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2012
    Even just setting them on a brick or two helps! They love to dig in those shavings.
    And you have a lot more chicks to come!
  7. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    True, indeed! I'm scared to put something under the waterer because they're already flying halfway up the walls of the brooder (and it has quite steep walls), I'm afraid they'd hop up and fly right out.

    I'm really starting to think they are older than what we were told. [​IMG] They apparently hatched last Thursday but they are fully feathered on their wings. Their tails all have feathers and two of them are growing pointy feathers out their necks already.
  8. BackyardFarmMom

    BackyardFarmMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2012
    This is a 2 week old chick^^^
    This is that same 2 week old chick with a 2-3 day old chick

    I got both of them on the same day

    The older of the 2 was hopping out of the brooder at 3 weeks old... I had to put a screen over the top to keep her in
    After 2 weeks of being in the house they went out in the garage because they would peep so loud!!!! (especially the little one because he wanted to snuggle with me [​IMG] He is still a sweetie)
  9. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are beautiful!

    Judging by those pictures though, ours are definitely older than 2 weeks...guess that would explain why they flipped out in a 95 degree brooder. They weren't happy with us at all last Friday when we brought them home - until their brooder was at 83. That may be why!

    This is them at "1 day old"...but they are now 9 days old and seriously have a ton of feathers everywhere except their heads and part of their body.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
  10. BackyardFarmMom

    BackyardFarmMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2012
    Hope everyone is doing well with their "babies"!!!!

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