First Time Chick Parents, Spring 2016

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by feetkissearth, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When is it ok to start holding and cuddling them??
     
  2. ginnypoe

    ginnypoe New Egg

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  3. Alibreit

    Alibreit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are not really sure what type of Marans we want. We are just looking for a backyard chicken flock. My husband just likes the idea of the chocolate colored eggs. =) The ones we were going to order were listed as Cuckoo Maran and by the pictures they look like mostly black in color. Golden sounds very pretty. Thank you for the suggestions.
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    So you know, hatcheries don't breed Marans for the egg color. While they usually are darker than most brown eggs, they are far from chocolate. Cuckoo Marans look similar to barred breeds. There is a subtle difference in the black/white pattern which is why they are called "cuckoo" instead of barred.
     
  5. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I waited until they were a week old, and then I did dice the food pretty finely so it had no issue passing out of the crop. Remember since they are tiny to only give them a tiny amount of treats...you can increase as they grow.


    I gave mine a few days hands-off after I brought them home to adjust to the changes first. Just keep the initial sessions short and infrequent until they get used to handling.
     
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  6. Pattycat

    Pattycat Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, you can turn it off at night. The light from the heat lamp is all that is necessary for them as they use it for warmth.
     
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  7. Pattycat

    Pattycat Out Of The Brooder

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    Remember when holding not to kiss and to wash your hands after holding. I hold mine everyday to get them used to me. I now have chickens that think they are lap dogs.
     
  8. jessica5113

    jessica5113 Out Of The Brooder

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    . Try cacklehatchery.com they allow you to make small orders for a fee.
     
  9. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No kissing? Disease?
     
  10. ginnypoe

    ginnypoe New Egg

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    Also Murry McMurry is very reputable and I believe their minimum is 15.
     

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