Australorp and Orpington chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kostisvlachop, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. kostisvlachop

    kostisvlachop New Egg

    Apr 4, 2016
    Greetings from Greece,

    On Wednesday I am getting 10 Australorp and 10 Orpington chicks which are 48 days old. The breeder where I am getting from told me that the chicks must stay under light condition (Natural+artificial) for 24 hours until they reach the age of 78 days old. Of course food and water must be provided all the time. He told me that if I want the chicks to stay alive I must follow his instructions.He argues that is a way of acclimatization. I don't know but those instructions seems quite "weird" to me and close to intensive farming practises. What's your opinion guys? You are more experienced than me...Thanks in advance!

  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    They are 7 weeks old, they no longer need a heat source and certainly don't need light 24/7.
  3. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2015
    You should start off with a rather hot environment for the chicks the first two to three weeks. Then gradually lower the temp. till they are 7 weeks and then you can stop the light altogether as long as it is still moderately warm in the place they are staying.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016

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