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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mommahen1990, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. mommahen1990

    mommahen1990 Just Hatched

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    Hi folks!! I'm hoping to learn anything and everything about raising chicks. My mother surprised me with 6 new baby chicks and they just turned a week old yesterday (3/29/17). I have read so far about their bedding in a brooder, their food and water. They're all definitely active, but what I have noticed is that sometimes 1 or 2 of them would poop and it looks really loose? That's the best way I could describe it. I'm willing to listen to any advice because I have definitely grown attached to them and I only want was is best for them. Thank you for taking time to help me out in anyway possible!!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Their poops can be loose a bit during the first few weeks, and can change based on food and water consumption. I wouldn't worry unless you see blood in it. Since poop is both liquid and solid waste at the same time it can vary in how much water it contains.
     
  3. mommahen1990

    mommahen1990 Just Hatched

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    From what I have read so far is to just change their food and water daily and the bedding every couple of days. I have them on chick starter feed for now but read that after 6 weeks I switch them to grower mash.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I always just feed a starter grower as my brand is a combination. It has 18% protein which is a good amount for all around use. I will usually add a fresh clean clump of sod to my brooder, dirt and grass, when they are about 2 weeks to mess around with, and to get them used to what's in my soil.

    I get them out on grass as soon as it is warm enough during the day in a movable temporary pen with a bucket on its side which heats up like a brooder in the sun.

    I will feed a bit of scrambled eggs for a treat, which helps tame them, but can make the poop a bit looser. Mine usually won't eat much else until they get older.

    At 6-8 weeks they go out to the coop. I go from a starter to an All flock, and I no longer use a layer ration, I just add a separate dish of oyster shells when they start to lay. They than have access to scratch and scraps, as well as grit.
     

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