first time hatching chicks!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Littlefox26, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Littlefox26

    Littlefox26 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I thought I was prepared but I'm not. This is the first time I have even attempted to hatch chicks and it was an experiment I didnt think would work. Now I have 3 brand new chicks and a possibility of 3 more. I have all the supplies I need but what else? Vaccinations? Special care a chick from a hatchery wouldnt need? Any suggestions from y'all wonderful people?
     
  2. lazy gardener

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    Relax. Have you raised chicks before? If not, go to the learning center and read up! If you can hatch them, you can certainly raise them. You need a brooder box, preferably at least 1 s.f./chick for the first couple of weeks, and then you'll need more space as they grow and gain their wings! They will need a heat lamp to keep the temp in only one end of the box at 90 - 95* and drop that temp weekly by at least 5 degrees. The chicks will let you know if they are cold or hot. You'll need some chick starter. I buzz mine in the blender for the first week, and I also ferment mine. That's optional. Please read the learning center. It will answer questions you didn't even know you had.
     
  3. Littlefox26

    Littlefox26 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I will definitely read up. I have a dozen chicks (my second bunch so far) these are the first that I haven't bought. I have the lamp and feed and a box for them all set up.
     
  4. Littlefox26

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    I had three chicks hatch out that one day. The other three eggs still have not hatchery so I'm taking them out. I can tell that the chicks developed in the eggs I dont know why thay didn't make it out of the shell. The three that hatched are doing amazing growing and looking happy. Thank you for the information and suggestions.
     
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