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Flying baby chicks!! What to do...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Latane, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Latane

    Latane Hatching

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    My baby chicks are 3 weeks old and flying out of top of brooder and tub. I don't want to cover it because of lamp. Which brings up question
    How soon is too soon to clip wings
    And
    How long do I need to keep lamp on them?

    Blessings to all & thanks in advance for advice!
     

  2. Joshua G

    Joshua G Songster

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    You normally keep a heat lamp on them for 4 weeks. I don't know anything about wing clipping though......
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You need a larger, deeper brooder. Chicks are usually on the heat lamp until 6ish weeks, it just depends on how well they feather and what the temps are outside. I brood in a galvanized steel livestock trough and cover the top with expanded metal, and the heat lamp is outside that. You should be able to use a wire screen for the chicks and be fine, but is still sounds to me like they need more space.
     
  4. I put wire mesh on top, doesn't hold the heat in so no worries. You can use hardware cloth or something similar to make a lid.
     
  5. ECSandCCFS

    ECSandCCFS Crowing

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    We had the same problem until we put a wire mesh on top
     

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