I got 4 Chicks but I’m kind of scared, any tips?

Lxsburry

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(Also the box is temporary so don’t worry, I got them today😊)
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Rivendell Chick

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Apr 13, 2020
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(Also the box is temporary so don’t worry, I got them today😊)
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Get them something easier to stand on so they don't get spraddle leg, like pine shavings, sand, etc. Cute babies, you'll be amazed at how fast they change!

I was going to do the plastic tote brooder, but I had a large cardboard box that was roomier. Laid down old towels, then shavings. Once they were larger I moved them into the bathtub in the basement room I used to brood. Newspaper, then shavings there. We built our coop and run while they grew and they moved in at six weeks looking like small chickens! The pic of them here is at 42 days.
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floppysquirrel04

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Jul 24, 2019
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Hi and welcome! They are pretty adorable. Just for starters, they will definitely need a different brooder, with shavings instead of a plastic bag. You should get them a heat plate for warmth from the feed store, they are much much safer than heat lamps as the chicks will die if they get too cold. Always make sure the water is shallow, or they will drown in the smallest amount. Make sure what you are feeding them is a chick starter. Also just a preference of mine is to offer them greens at about a week old for a treat, but if you do that then they will need a small bottle lid of sand for them to eat and digest in their crop. They don’t have teeth to chew, so they rely on grits.
 

Rivendell Chick

Songster
Apr 13, 2020
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Northeast Georgia, USA
:Also just a preference of mine is to offer them greens at about a week old for a treat, but if you do that then they will need a small bottle lid of sand for them to eat and digest in their crop. They don’t have teeth to chew, so they rely on grits.
I learned that corn meal makes a good chick grit. A tiny amount of it in the crumble and some apple cider vinegar in their water (1 teaspoon per gallon) helps them develop gut flora and avoid pasty butt. Always seems like 1 chick will have pasty butt for a couple of weeks, stay on it. Backed up poop can be lethal. My cochin pullet still hasn't forgiven me for the pasty butt cleanings the first two weeks :)
 

Rivendell Chick

Songster
Apr 13, 2020
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Northeast Georgia, USA
Do you have a brooder plate or heat lamp set up for them? They need to be kept between 90 to 95 F for the first week. The plastic bag is a little concerning as well.
I'll second the vote on a heat plate. I got a infrared one from TS that had feet on itthat could be adjusted as the chicks grew, and it could be switched to a vertical design to be used with older chicks as you wean them down on temp or even for adults to supplement heat in a winter coop. I was very pleased with it, and it became their first roosting bar when I changed to a vertical setup :)
 

Rivendell Chick

Songster
Apr 13, 2020
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Northeast Georgia, USA
:eek::lau Scared? What are they going to do, eat you?? Chicks are the most sweet helpless things, and if you can get used to them now then you can get accustomed to them as they grow into adults. Have them one at a time sit on your lap while you sit on the ground or couch, and you can let it sit on your hand.
Getting them used to being handled now makes it easier whenthey are grown up if you have to give medicine, treat wounds, etc. They will love to be close to you and your body warmth. This one fell asleep in my lap more than once!
 

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