Expecting chicks! EDD 10/29 from MPC

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kittynoodlesoup, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. kittynoodlesoup

    kittynoodlesoup Just Hatched

    Jul 23, 2012
    Super Excited!

    We ordered 6 chicks.

    • blue splash Maran
    • silver cuckoo Maran
    • golden laced Wyandotte
    • Colombian Wyandotte
    • light brama
    • Easter egger

    Question! I know the first week I'll really need to be around a lot, but will it be ok to be away from home for 5 hours during the day the following weeks? I can't afford to not work, but want to make sure they will be ok...
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Congrats.... you dont really need to be around alot, just so you have your brooder set up and maintaining that 95 degree mark at one spot and cooler areas they can get to if it does get too hot for them.... I currently have three brooders going and it makes it alot easier if you have that temp already establised... ONE suggestion is NEVER use newspaper in the brooder, they can get spradle legs and all sorta orth issues... from it being slippery..... I always keep my stuff saved in links for quick reference.... here are my chick links GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATS!! would love to see pics too!!

    Here are my saved links.....
    How to Take Care of a Newborn Chick | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5606840_care-newborn-chick.html#ixzz27mVIqunS


    The Care of Baby Chicks, Ducks, & Geese http://www.strombergschickens.com/chick_care
    3 Essential Chick Care Tips (pasting up and Cord info) http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-You-Know-These-3-Essential-Chick-Care-Tips?&id=4449831

    Some causes of EARLY CHICK MORTALITY ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/39604/some-causes-of-early-chick-mortality
    EDITED to add.... I use pine shavings with two paper towels in a spot in the middle on top of shavings and I crush some starter with my fingers here and there on the paper towel and they follow my hand and eat it up, and then change the papertowels it as soiled for the first week or two... oh and dip their beak in the water, and if you dont have a tiny peep waterer put some marbles in the chick waterer, chicks are drawn to water after being in that shell so long and could drown themselves.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

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