Chick Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rhys2112, May 11, 2011.

  1. Rhys2112

    Rhys2112 New Egg

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    Hi
    I have a couple of questions about some chicks on the way.
    1- when the chicks start hatching and I can see cracks in the shell should I leave them under the broody?
    2- how many hours of light should the chicks have with mom or should I leave it on all the time.
    3- when can they start going outside for short periods of time
    4- how many weeks until I upgrade there food to the next level feed. Also will mom eat there food

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1- when the chicks start hatching and I can see cracks in the shell should I leave them under the broody?
    Leave them with her. If you're using a broody hen to raise the chicks, don't pull any out as this will upset her and can make her abandon the other chicks. Remember she sees you as a predator to her babies at this point.

    2- how many hours of light should the chicks have with mom or should I leave it on all the time.
    They should be fine without a heat lamp. If they are enclosed where they don't get sunshine and you're talking about just a regular light, then at least 12 hours or so. Just let it follow whatever your sunshine schedule is now. Turn the lamp on around dawn (or when you get up), off at around dusk.

    3- when can they start going outside for short periods of time
    After a day or so the mom will start taking them outside. Life is tough for a baby chick, but if she's a good mother she will watch out for them. I would keep them away from other chickens for some time, as sometimes adult chickens will see the baby chicks as just another critter to eat [​IMG]

    4- how many weeks until I upgrade there food to the next level feed. Also will mom eat there food
    The mother will have to eat their food yes. They should be on a start/grow until they are almost to the point of lay (depends on the breed). They can be seperated from their mother as soon as they are feathered in enough and the nights are warm enough to be without her. Or, you can pull them inside at any time and brood them inside, but might as well let the broody do her job. They will get more and more independant around 6+ weeks and she will probably want to rejoin the flock by then.
     
  3. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1- when the chicks start hatching and I can see cracks in the shell should I leave them under the broody? I would, let the hen do her job
    2- how many hours of light should the chicks have with mom or should I leave it on all the time. Depending on where you live, if it's light and warm, let her be, if cold outside, give her 16-18 hours.
    3- when can they start going outside for short periods of time Mom will take them when she feels it's safe
    4- how many weeks until I upgrade there food to the next level feed. Also will mom eat there food I leave mine on started for 4 weeks, then switch to grower.

    Good luck with your chicks, post pics when they hatch! [​IMG]
     
  4. iamsara

    iamsara Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for all your answers!
    Im just hatching my first batch as well learning and loving it!
     
  5. Rhys2112

    Rhys2112 New Egg

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    Thank you all for your answers
     

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