- Apr 21, 2014
Hello my name is James and I live in Hudson Valley of New York. I received my first set of chickens last tuesday from the post office at 5pm. I had the brooder ready which is 3'x6' and 2' high. I have 25 chicks 13 silver lace wyandottes and 12 welsummers. There is 2 roosters of each breed in that count. First few days had me a little flustered since I encountered pasty butt that night on 2 chicks. Then pasty butt at 4am before work on 1 chick the next day and 4 again the second night, then it pretty much ended after the 4th day. At first it was tough trying to adapt to holding such a little animal and trying to do something that seemed like it was causing pain, but If I didn't act they would die (as I have read). Now that I am pro at pasty butt, I of course no longer have that issue. Unfortunately now only at week 1 the chicks have grown fast but I'm having issues with 2-3 of the Welsummers being quite mean and pecking the newly growing wing feathers and tiny tail feathers of the silver lace wyandottes. All of the welsummers after one week appear stronger, bigger and have nice small wing feathers and tail feathers. THe silver lace though seem to be growing slower and at least four of them do not have tail feathers and also have some beat up wing feathers. When I observe them two of the welsummers seem to be bored and just stand next to the SLW and peck there wing feather tips. I'm overwhelmed with the amount of differing opinions and reasoning for this, that I dont know what steps to take. I have 2 waters, 20" long feeder. 2 red infrared heat lamps (which I only have 1 on now). They are in my basement which is a constant 60 degrees right now and have only one window for daylight. I leave the red heat lamps on 24/7 and was keeping 1 regular 60 watt light bulb on that is 8' from brooder during the day from 6am till 6pm until the last two days when I felt that was causing them to be a little rowdy.Any suggestions or opinions on how I can avoid losing birds? I havent seen any blood drawn yet but fear the worst. Thanks.