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First-Time Mama Needs Help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by reddchick07, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. reddchick07

    reddchick07 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2008
    Hardin County, KY
    I recently purchased 4 chicks (all different breeds) and will be purchasing more in the future. This is my first attempt at raising baby chickens and any advice for keeping my lil guys healthy would be appreciated!!!
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2008
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome to BYC. You'll find many people here willing to help with anything you have a problem with. Jump in with both feet and enjoy your chicks.
  3. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    [​IMG] Welcome!!!
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Welcome! You came to the right place for help and advice.

    The most important things they need...

    All the chick starter and water they want;

    a heat lamp to keep them warm;

    a clean brooder; and

    affection [​IMG]

    Do not use cedar shavings or bedding...it is toxic to them. If you go to the BYC link "Learning Center" there is a great set of informative pages there. [​IMG] Just go to the top of this page and click Learning Center.

    Good luck with the babies.
  5. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    Second what Cetawin said. Keep them warm...which, depending on where you have their brooder, can be quite a task.

    Also, keep their water clean. They are very adept at getting shavings and poo into their water dish.

    And lastly, love them. Talk to them, spend time with them. If you want docile, people-friendly chickens hold them/handle them every day. They won't like it at first, but they'll come to know you soon enough.

    Enjoy this time, they grow fast!

  6. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    It sounds like you are off to a good start, especially by joining BYC. So much good knowledge and so many caring people here!
  7. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    Enjoy your new little charges. It won't be long before the cute little fluffies turn into obnoxious teenagers. [​IMG]
  8. reddchick07

    reddchick07 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2008
    Hardin County, KY
    cetawin - you say don't use bedding, but i've heard pine bedding is fine...??
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Pine bedding is fine, you just don't want to use cedar. Welcome to BYC.
  10. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    Redd, Welcome to BYC. Good luck with the babes. I am a new Mommy to Chicks and i just love them. You will find all kinds of good advice here so come here often. [​IMG][​IMG]:weee:ya

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