Baby Chicks first time

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nortonlee, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Nortonlee

    Nortonlee Just Hatched

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    Got my new chicks last night they are about two weeks old they made it through the first night any tips
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    More info needed.

    You got them in a brooder with heat?
    If so how do you have it set-up?
    Pics?
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Chicks are simple....Heat the Brooder..Supply water and feed at all times..At two weeks old they are feathering so can handle the temp a bit cooler.... Keep and eye on them to see if they are happily peeping around or huddled....I feed medicated starter and do not give treats till after 3 weeks old...Even then it's not very often..Provide them with stumps and a dust bath area....Make sure your set up is as large as you can make it..They need lots of room to play in or behavioural issues develop ...:(

    If you can supply heat to the coop they would be happier there...;).....On warm days they can go out to the run also for the afternoon.....


    Best of luck....:)


    Cheers!
     
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  4. Nortonlee

    Nortonlee Just Hatched

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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    They will out grow that in a week..:(
    How many chicks do you have?


    :)...Cheers..!
     
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If it was my set-up. I would unscrew that red 250 watt bulb and screw in a regular 60 watt incandescent bulb-----then lower the light fixture so the floor temp directly below the light is about 85 degree's which is good for 2 week old chicks. They will do better----they are staying way away from that light because it is probably to hot?? No one needs a 250 watt heat bulb for a few chicks. Maybe 200 to 300 in the same room.
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I use 250s till 3 weeks or so and then 175s after at the same height....:)
     
  8. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    How many chicks are you raising---a few hundred?
     
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  9. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I am Curious---If this hen can raise 10 or 12 with her little plate size body outside--in the yard, Why would we need a 250 watt heat lamp bulb to raise a few in the shed/barn/house???
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Mother Hen covers her Chicks and call them in under her...She is the best incubator and Mother...Without a Hen they have no one to teach them..:)......
     

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