How long to feed chicks?

dominiker

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How long should I feed my chicks chick feed,and what temp should I keep my chicks because I had a 100 watt buld on mine and one
was dead this morning in their cage?
 

Gonzo

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Offer food and water 24/7 for the babies. You should try to get one of those large red heat lamps. If the chicks are huddling together, they're too cold.
 

mstricer

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Are you asking how long week wise? If so you should feed them chick starter untill 17 to 18 wks, then start them on layer. I use a 100 watt red bulb. If you have mesh cover on brooder cover other half that is open with cardboard or a lid to retain the heat.
 

teach1rusl

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The death could be totally unrelated. However, do keep a thermometer in the brooder, preferably close to or under where the lamp light hits. It's very important to offer close to the correct temps.
 

Tikka

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The lady at the feed store today told me 12 weeks, so I got the 50 lb bag. We started with a 5 lb bag that lasted about 10 days for the 8 chicks. I imagine they will eat more as they grow.
 

dominiker

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Jan 3, 2010
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gonzo&hispeeps :

Offer food and water 24/7 for the babies. You should try to get one of those large red heat lamps. If the chicks are huddling together, they're too cold.

I bought a 250 watt red buld and it was way to hot!​
 

dominiker

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 3, 2010
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Quote:
Are you asking how long week wise? If so you should feed them chick starter untill 17 to 18 wks, then start them on layer. I use a 100 watt red bulb. If you have mesh cover on brooder cover other half that is open with cardboard or a lid to retain the heat.

Can I put chicken wire on it,because my box just has the top open with a light above it,and will the light make the wire too hot?
 

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