am i just bad with baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shaggy, May 13, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i got 4 on Saturday - best guess 1-2 weeks old

    kept a heat lamp in the corner of the brooder -- fresh water every day -- fresh feed everyday as much as they can eat and then some -- i gave them parakeet gravel and grits and some play sand in their chick feed -- changed out their bedding every night when i got off work. i didn't strictly manage their temperatures - but it stayed between 80 and 90 all the time.

    saturday and sunday they were kept in my closet --- monday and tuesday they were in the garage.

    on monday 1 Sweety died and on tuesday Buttercup died. they didn't grow at all when i had them.

    the other 2 are healthy and growing like crazy (bodies are about the size of a baseball now)

    am i just bad with baby chicks? should i just stick to trying to get them when they are 4 weeks old or older?
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry you lost some. If they were not growing it sounds like it was something totally out of your control. Good luck with the rest.
     
  3. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry you lost babies [​IMG] , just do the best you can for your other two and I think that's all any of us can do for our chickies!
     
  4. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it happens
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm so sorry for your losses...it may have been too much of a temp. change going from a closet to your garage. Hard to know. Also, I avoid feeding anything (including grit) for at least the first 2 weeks. They have all they need with their starter feed, and sometimes, if you offer them something different, they will fill up on that and ignore their starter. Just some random thoughts....
     
  6. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thank you for your advice, i appreciate it very much
     
  7. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It just happens sometimes... [​IMG]

    In the future, I wouldn't give anything other than straight starter food. They don't need anything else, and then that way you won't have to wonder if maybe that's what did it.
     
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Shaggy, please don't think it wsa your fault....as the others have said, sometimes it just happens. Enjoy your other two!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:might be and might not be, not much i can do about it now except learn [​IMG]

    that's why you guys are awesome .... but it does give me a good excuse to go out and get some more [​IMG]

    and armed with just slightly more experience, i am sure i can do better
     
  10. Horsewell

    Horsewell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear [​IMG]
     

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