Hello from Florida!

Chickities4

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 7, 2009
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Florida
Hello,
My name is Nylorac. My mom and I recently bought 18 chicks. We got 4 buff Orpingtons, 5 Marans (2 silver cuckoo, 3 either black or dark cuckoo, can't remember which! XP), 3 Yellow Jersey Giants, 2 Faverolles, 2 Polish Crested, and 2 Sicillian Buttercups.
My mom has had chickens before, when she was in high school and again before i was born.
Before we got the chicks, I had been bugging her, cause I wanted some. She finally gave in when our local feed store was having their 20th anniversary party and they were selling chicks. So we were gonna get 12, but then they were all too cute and ended up going home with 18.
Before we got them, we had researched the breeds that they were going to have there. And chose the breeds we liked and that would work well with us. The lady said they were about 2 days old when we got them.
I love them to pieces! They are just about the cutest things I have ever seen! My dog is jealous, cause now he has to share the spot light!
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We got them on June 6th. And today one of them died.
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A silver cuckoo. We went out to our barn and found her on the floor of the cage. She wasn't totally dead yet, but dying. We tried to save her, but we couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. We held her under the heat lamp to warm her up. And my mom tried to give her something to drink, but she passed away in my mom's hands.
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it was really sad. And we don't know what caused her to die, but the rest of our chicks are doing great!
Now that she's dead, i remember that yesterday she didn't look as good as the rest did when i picked her up. But we still don't know what caused her to die.
I have a few questions about my little chickities
1) We had them on shavings, that's what they came with. At first we had them in a small dog crate and they were fine with the shavings, they didn't eat them, they ate their food. today I moved them into a bigger space. Me and my dad built a barn for toy horses, and i put them in that with space to roam around. But today (the second day), they keep eating the shavings. One would scratch the floor and start pecking at it. Then she would pick up little pieces of shavings and eat them. Then most of the other chicks would come to see what the other one was doing. And they would start eating them too. I heard that they could die from eating shavings. They were eating the shavings since i put them in there. And all the time. I changed the flooring to paper towels, i didn't want anything to happen while i was gone for the night. Is it ok to switch them back, or should they stay on the towels?
2) Ok so after i put them on the paper towels, they start eating the food like crazy, they never really stopped eating. Is it ok for them to be eating all the time?
I think i'm being an over worried newbie! I just don't want another one to die!
I call my chicks chickities, that's why it's my username (for any one who was wondering).
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Well, i think that is it!
Thanks to anyone who can help me with my little problem!
~Nylorac
 

ceadar post

Songster
10 Years
Feb 10, 2009
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Seymour,WI.
Hi Chickities4, Welcome
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your chicks will pick at the shavings. Just make sure their warm with fresh water,food, and grit and enough room to run around and things will be fine. Mike
 

hen-thusiast

Songster
10 Years
Apr 8, 2009
2,578
3
181
Utah
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from UT! Yes it's normal for them to eat and eat and eat. For the first couple of weeks all ours did was eat and sleep.... come to think of it they still do.
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Chickities4

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 7, 2009
19
0
22
Florida
thank you everybody for your help! Should I keep them on the towels or should I put them back on shavings?
~Nylorac
Ps:
I'm down in the Palm Beach County area.
 

Debi214

Songster
11 Years
Apr 6, 2008
475
3
141
Richmond, VA
Well - I have always kept my baby chickities on pine shavings and never had any problems......make sure they have clean water and lots of it and keep their food container clean. Make sure it isn't too hot in the brooder either.
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from Richmond, VA and let me know how things work out!
 

Chickities4

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 7, 2009
19
0
22
Florida
Thanks! I'm just paranoid of another one dying.
I don't really have a brooder. We got a bulb, but realized it was only a bulb after we bought it. So we still have to get one. But where they are right now, we can turn the ac off and keep it warm in there for night time, hopefully we can get one tomorrow. They seem to be doing fine without it for now, we have tried to get one, but when ever we get to the feed store, they are closed! they close early on the weekends!
~Nylorac
 

4-H chicken mom

Crowing
13 Years
Aug 3, 2007
17,491
177
431
Oberlin, OH
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From Ohio, I leave my chicks on paper towels for at least two days after getting them. Good luck with you chicks.
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edited to add info.
If they are piling up on one another, they are too cold and will need a heat lamp, perferably a red one.
 
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