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Anyone help tell me how old my chicks look

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jonathandupree, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. jonathandupree

    jonathandupree New Egg

    Oct 24, 2015
    I am new to chicken world. I have 5 Rhode Island reds. The feed store wasn't sure how old they were. I got them two weeks ago and they didn't have feathers. Now growing feathers and crown fast. I'm trying to determine if they still need light 24/7. [​IMG][/IMG]
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    They will need supplemental heat until they are fully feathered, meaning they have feathers over their entire body, neck and head. At that point they can regulate their own body temperature. As they get older and more feathered, they will need less heat, so you can raise the heat lamp, and make sure they can move away from it.

    Are they in that tub full time? Because that is probably inadequate space for them already, and as they get bigger (which happens VERY quickly!) they will need even more space.

    Check out the Learning Center for lots of great information on what your chicks will need

    Last edited: Oct 24, 2015
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    In a brooder that small, you run a very likely risk of overheating them, which could kill them. Chicks should have 1 sq. foot/bird, minimum. They should be able to get away from the heat to the point that the far end of their brooder is at least as low as room temp. If you see them panting, they are overheated.
  4. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Your chicks appear to be around three weeks old, maybe a few days less.

    You need to get them into a bigger brooder asap. Try to understand the heat needs of baby chicks. They need one spot to warm up and a LOT of room to then get away from the heat or it can kill them, just like standing in front of a camp fire long after you've warmed up will result in burning you.

    It does not matter in the least what temperature the rest of the brooder is. It can be 90F under the heat source and 50 degrees or even 15 degrees in the rest of their space. The two most important things are a heat source and then space to get away from it.
  5. jonathandupree

    jonathandupree New Egg

    Oct 24, 2015
    no they arent in the rubbermaid box i put them there to take photos. they actually have a nice coop on wheels in my shed now under a red light. thanks for the tips.
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Between 3 and 4 weeks as of that photo. I think closer to 4.
  7. jonathandupree

    jonathandupree New Egg

    Oct 24, 2015
    Here is their set up now. Thanks for all the help! Sorry for the red glare on my camera from the red light. They have plenty of room, are off the ground, and I rolled the coop inside my storage shed


  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Looks very comfortable.
  9. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    If they've only got their little wing feathers starting then I'd say about 2-3 weeks as they look similar to my 2week olds? Did the have any feathers when you got them or just fluffy downy feathers? If only the fluffy ones then they were probably just a few days old at that stage.

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