First Hatchlings

hitchiechicks

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
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After a failed first attempt to hatch babies I bought 12 chickens from our local feed store. Hubby was determined to hatch babies so we tried again. Today we came home to 4 little ones with 4 more having pips and working on hatching.
 

hitchiechicks

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
50
2
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I honestly have no idea. We got a mixed batch of eggs from two other chicken friends. Any ideas??
 

hitchiechicks

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
50
2
43
"Breaking News" LOL 6 total hatched, 3 in process. All appear to be healthy and doing well in our dog crate brooder box. We've has a cold snap this week so they'll be indoor residents at least till the weekend. Pics to follow.
 

hitchiechicks

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
50
2
43
So I've read various articles but what are BYC thoughts on the first feed to give day old chicks? Regular chicken starter? Crushed grain or corn??
 

Tappy4me

Songster
Apr 1, 2013
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I think you're supposed to only feed chick starter. I think they need grit if getting anything else. I don't think feeding just crushed grain or corn will give them what they need to properly grow.
 

hitchiechicks

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
50
2
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Went with chick starter. They are all eating and drinking. 7 total hatched, 1 more almost hatched. 2 didn't make it but had started pipping.
 

hitchiechicks

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
50
2
43
The 8 that hatched earlier this week have graduated from the inside brooder to the outside.

***won't let me post pic grrr***
 

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