Getting 3 week old chicks tomorrow

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MDchicks2547, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. MDchicks2547

    MDchicks2547 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are finally getting our chicks tomorrow and there are 3 weeks old. Have a brooder set up in the garage. Do I still need to keep them at 95 degrees or cooler? And once they are feathered out we can put them in the coop and not let them out in the run if its too cool?

    We are newbies at this and are so excited to welcome our new feathered friends!!
     
  2. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should be good at about 80 degrees.

    Typically it's 95 degrees for 1st week and then lowering it 5 degrees each week so lowering it to 90 when they turn 1 week, 85 when they turn 2 weeks, and 80 at 3 weeks.

    Just keep an eye on their behavior. If they are huddling under the lamp peeping loudly they are cold. If they are staying as far away from the lamp as possible with their beeks open they are too hot. If they're running around in and out of the heat they are just fine.

    Have fun! And post pictures!
     
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  3. MDchicks2547

    MDchicks2547 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. I will definitely post pictures. I don't think we know what kind they will be so we may need help identifying them. So excited!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems you are getting a surprise package.

    You could just put the light and the chicks in the coop. The chicks will move toward the light if they are cold and away from the light if they are too warm.
     
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  5. MDchicks2547

    MDchicks2547 Out Of The Brooder

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    Got our chicks. We think we have 2 Rhode Island Reds and from there we are not sure. One thing we have found already is it only takes them a moment or two to fall asleep when you hold them. [​IMG]
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  6. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know what kinds they are? Looks like one Barred Rock maybe?
     
  7. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My Coop
    Too cute!
     
  8. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Surprise!

    Hopefully in a few weeks you (and this board) will be able to determine what breeds they are.

    It looks like you have a good variety.
     
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  9. stonecoldchey

    stonecoldchey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love them![​IMG]
     
  10. BlueEggsDaily

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    So fun! Depending on where you live you may be able to bring them out sooner. Plus bringing them each day out in the sun in your backyard would be wonderful for them! Set out a picnic blanket and watch their cuteness. Gets them used to outside so it's not a huge transition.
     

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