Any tips for a first timer?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Aub, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Aub

    Aub Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my girls today. Do you have any tips for a first time Chicken Mommy?
     
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    How many chicks do you have and also the breeds?

    Make sure they have a warm place around 90-95 degrees and plenty of food and water! I would use pine shavings for bedding and a red heat lamp bulb. Chicks are a blast!

    Nate
     
  3. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't forget to enjoy the new babies!!![​IMG]
     
  4. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings get in the water and then act like a sponge so I put a plastic square under the waterer (that way I don't have to worry that they are dehydrated if I'm asleep or gone from the house.
     
  5. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you use the pelletized wood horse bedding, it doesn't get in the water. I put paper towels over it for the first two or three days and then remove them. By this time they know where the food and water is and it is so much easier. Stir it up every couple of days so the finer particles that have gotten wet sink to the bottom and the dry big pellets are on top. The heat lamp helps keep it all pretty dry. Enjoy!
     
  6. NattiFan

    NattiFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My tip for you is to go bigger than you think you need. Don't go too small cause you'll be kicking yourself in the butt next year like I am doing this year!
     

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