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

Brelansmama

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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
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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!)
 

debilorrah

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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.
 

coffeemama

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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!
 

debilorrah

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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!
 

Elven Dreams

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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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