I hate to sound like an idiot, but...a few questions...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Brelansmama, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Brelansmama

    Brelansmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am picking up chicks from the feed store in the morning, and they are my first chicks since I was a kid, so I'm a little rusty on a few things...

    1) Do I leave the heat lamp on all night? Like I said, I don't want to sound like an idiot, but I've heard about daylight/dark being important, but is this only when they are older/outside in the coop??

    2) When do they need grit? right away, or should they be a few weeks old first?

    3) ....I guess that's all I can think of right now [​IMG]

    THANK YOU! to anyone who can calm my nerves about our new babies!!
    My 3 yr old daughter is BESIDE herself, she can't wait till tomorrow! (I think I am just as excited!)
     
  2. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need to be kept about 90 degrees for the first week so yeah,,heat lamp all the time and they dont need grit as long as you are only feeding them grower/starter chick feed.
     
  3. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep that was what i was going to say [​IMG] and congrads on your new chicks
     
  4. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no questions make you sound like an idiot.
     
  5. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    if light is a concern, you coud always use a ceramic heating bulb...
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  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    There are no idiots here. Just people that need help. Heat lamp until they are fully feathered, even if you move them outside. We keeps ours in the house for 8 weeks, then outside with the heat til feathered. No grit to start with, just chick start, and PLENTY of water. I am amazed at how much water they go through. Also, no treats for a few weeks.

    Please post pics when you get them. We all love the fluffy butts.
     
  7. Elven Dreams

    Elven Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great topic! I was about to post similar questions! I will be getting my first chicks EVER at the end of the month![​IMG]
     
  8. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    Oh I'm glad you got the chicks-from Wilco? I use one of the red heat lights from Wilco all day and night. The chicks would quickly freeze if you turned it off. Good luck-and post pics!
     
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Pm me if you have questions. We have been through two batches of babies, and have a broddy mama with three peeps in the hen house. I think I am finally gettin the hang of this!
     
  10. Elven Dreams

    Elven Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Pm me if you have questions. We have been through two batches of babies, and have a broddy mama with three peeps in the hen house. I think I am finally gettin the hang of this!

    Thanks! I most definitely WILL!! lol I'm so new to this whole chicken thing.. especially babies! I am SOOOOO glad I found this forum... It's set my mind somewhat at ease.. sort of.
     

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