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How old are my chicks?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KatieRice, May 3, 2016.

  1. KatieRice

    KatieRice Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought three black laced golden Wyandottes at a chicken swap a few days ago. In all the excitement I forgot to ask some important questions - the most important is "how old are these chicks?" Looking for any help! [​IMG]
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like they are just barely beginning to grow their wing feathers. I would estimate a week old.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome - I agree with above
     
  5. KatieRice

    KatieRice Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the welcome - this is such a great resource for newbies like me! Interesting that you all agree on one week, because I was really thinking three weeks. Here's why (and I probably should have added these in my first post): I've kept the brooder at about 80 degrees and they seem plenty warm, they like to hop up on their perch or my finger and fly off, and they seem quite tall to me compared to the day old chicks at tractor supply. Thanks for your help, maybe I should warm it up a bit in the brooder.
     
  6. FlutterbyChicks

    FlutterbyChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they seem happy, I definitely wouldn't raise the temp at all. I used a heat lamp last year and the EcoGlow this year. In the garage this year, the temperature was around 62. At a week old, they spent very little time under the EcoGlow. They'd pop in for a few minutes, then run around again. As long as they aren't huddled together cheeping, they're fine! Also, just in a week's time, they grow SO much![​IMG]

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    Just to give you an idea. Plus I love to show mine off. They're already month old now, I can't believe it! They look completely different from these photos.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2016
  7. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed as long as they are happily moving about, I would leave them as is. If they start huddling too much consider increasing the heat, but they sound happy
     
  8. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    :welcome
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. KatieRice

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    Thanks everyone!
     

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