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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Conway Bantams, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. Conway Bantams

    Conway Bantams New Egg

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    My wife and I recently received a hen and her eight two-week old chicks as a gift. In advance of their arrival, I rebuilt an old coop, which I now think is too small at 3'x4'. The coop is connected to 5'x10' chain link run wrapped with .5" chicken wire.

    Inside the coop, I have hung a heat lamp to keep everybody warm at night. We also keep a couple feed trays and waterers inside at all times, as well as some grit.

    We feed the chicks "Nature Smart" organic chick starter/grower (20%) and "Nature Smart" organic layer complete (16%) crumbles for the hen. When I wake up in the morning, I spread some of both over the bedding for them.

    Aside from them eventually (preferably sooner) needing a larger coop (I'm hoping to build a new coop in an old outbuilding we currently do not use this spring), are we doing things right?
     
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    Conway Bantams New Egg

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    Also, can you help identify some of these chicks?[​IMG]
     
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    Conway Bantams New Egg

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    We leave the heat lamp on from 5AM until 7AM and then again from 4PM until about 10PM.
     

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