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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nightfeather, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Nightfeather

    Nightfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am incubating chicks for the frist time ever. they should be hathing in 10 Days, and i need to know how to take care of them. When i got chicks in the past i would just give them to a broody hen. Right now i have no broody hen to take care of them. is there a way i can get one of my hens broody and if not how to i raise the chicks?
     
  2. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I don't believe it is possible to "get a hen broody." You should look in the "Raising Baby Chicks" section of the learning center to find out how to bring them up (www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-raise-baby-chicks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens). You should be prepared (at least) with chick food, a chick feeder and waterer, a safe, enclosed (but ventilated) brooder for them to live in, and a heat lamp. Make sure they know where the water and food is. You can judge how close/far to have the heat lamp by how comfortable they seem to be, in terms of temperature. That's about a 30-second version of raising chicks--like I said, they've got much more detail on that page.
    Best of luck!
     
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  3. Nightfeather

    Nightfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to know to where can i find a heat lamp??????

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  4. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tractor supply, or any farm store or lowes or homedepot. I suggest you start reading and searching info on how to raise chicks.
     
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  5. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TSC, elevator, co-op, make sure its not the shatterproof variety. If you are going to brood them inside, you can probably use a 100watt light bulb ( if you can find one). The temp under the bulb needs to be steady at 95ยบ for the first week. Depending on the number of chicks, a cardboard box works well for a brooder.
     
  6. Nightfeather

    Nightfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some websites say that you should put wood shavings at the bottom of the brooder. but there are some websites that say wood shavings can make their feathers to fall out what should i use for the bottom of the brooder i don"t want news papper
     
  7. Nightfeather

    Nightfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be raising them in my hose. would they be ok just in the hose with out a heat lamp? and if they are in the house what kind of heat light would be good for inside the house?????
     
  8. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can start them on pine shavings, covered with paper towels (to keep them from eating them), and transition them to just shavings when they are a few days to a week old (old enough to know better). A 100-watt INCANDESCENT bulb in with a reflector (like below) will probably be fine for raising them indoors; again you will have to watch them to determine their temperature comfort level. I recommend you do some reading on one of the websites that have been mentioned. [​IMG] Chicks, like all babies, are a lot of work.
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  10. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your house temp is 90-95 deg its ok, But beings its probably not You will have to supplement heat with heat lamp or just a regular light bulb probably 100w
    close enough to the area there bodies are in.to get 90 to 95 the fst week then 85-90 sec week etc...If its too cool they will bunch up as close to light as they can get it too hot they will try to get away and be on edges .Just right they will be somewhere in between eating drinking or goofing off .So watch them they will tel ll you....cva34
     

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