hello from Maine!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by prospectmom, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. prospectmom

    prospectmom New Egg

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    New chick mom! I'm a little worried km spoiling them! (Or so everyone tells me lol) mychickens are about a week old. ..they have moved from the Rubbermaid tote onto a large pen in my house! As a first time chicken mom i have afew questions! If you can help, thank you! ! how long should they be inside? ? I have a coop with a fence around it but no power to the coop. Should i feed them more then just the medicated chic feed? I'm not even sure of their sex and breed Lol. ... help if you can! [​IMG]
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do you have a heat lamp for them? I don't know what that long white box is ? Their chick feed is best for them right now. When they are older than gave have limited treats.

    When they are 6 weeks old you can post photos at "what breed or gender is this." For now it is best to just enjoy them.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - great to have you onboard with us.

    Its good to start acclimatising chicks to the outdoors from around 3-4 weeks - by that i mean, firstly turning off the lamp for increasing periods of time, putting them outside for increasing periods of time. By 4-5 weeks when they are fully feathered they should be fine outside, but acclimatisation is important.

    These links should help

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    IMO theres no need to feed chicks anything but chick feed - its nutritionally balanced.

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. prospectmom

    prospectmom New Egg

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    Thank you both do much! The long white box is a baby gate that can change size and shape. I have a few old blankets that I change out and wash for the floor. And yes they have a heat lamp but the room their in also has a wood stove in it. ..I'm hoping their not to warm! The pen Is very big and they can get out of the heat if they want to! Very helpful thank you!
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]



    Nice looking chicken pin [​IMG]



    The outside heat is what makes all the difference in the world as my chicks come out of the incubator right now and go into a brooder with out any heat but then it is only getting down to 80F degrees at night so it really depends on where you live .

    By week two I normally feed my chicks only chicks starter and a hard boiled egg a couple times a week . [​IMG]
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    If you do feed your chicks anything other than the chick feed, be sure to give them grit too.
     

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