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Hot Chicks in the Hamptons!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by foamspoon, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. foamspoon

    foamspoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Group,

    Just picked up my first chicks yesterday. I am a little nervous about the first couple of days but they seem to be doing well. I have enclosed some pictures.

    A few things I am concerned with.

    1. Heat. I think it was a little intense as they were all huddled in the shadow of the water bottle. Now I moved them into the garage with the heating lamp further from the box. It seems to be better.

    2. I made a floor out of an old metal screen window. I do not think they like it as much as just the paper towels I had down. Is it just they are not used to it or is this (screen) a bad idea?

    Bryan
    Long Island, NY

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  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you need to put a 2 or 3in layer of shavings on the screen so it wont bother them to walk on it.
     
  3. foamspoon

    foamspoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would pine needles work?

    Thanks,

    Bryan
     
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Pine shavings would be better than pine needles.
     
  5. foamspoon

    foamspoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this better?

    Thanks,

    Bryan

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  6. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Looks good, but you might make the shavings a little thicker.

    A hint to help keep shavings and poop out of the water is to raise the waterer about even with the chicks' backs. As they get bigger, keep raising the height. You can use 2x4 blocks or anything thing else that is flat. I have used an overturned bowl before.

    Your babies sure are cute !
     
  7. foamspoon

    foamspoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do!

    Thanks for the help!

    Bryan
     
  8. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    They look great, Bryan. Keep up the good work! You'll be a chicken expert before you know it! [​IMG]
     
  9. foamspoon

    foamspoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are about a week or so old. how old do they have to be to able to take them out on the grass and run around on a warm sunny day?

    Bryan
     
  10. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You can take them out now for a while under supervision. Keep them in an enclosed area or you will never be able to round them up. You would not believe how fast they can skirt around at an early age. LOL
     

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