I'm such a "Mother Hen"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jdoane, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok - so newbie Chicken Mom. 3 week old babies. When (if ever) do we consider them out of the woods???? Every week that goes by I worry a little less but then I read about something else that could happen! [​IMG] Oy. Other than predation and stuff like that - is there a certain age that if the chicks make it that far things are looking pretty solid? I lost one at 3 days old but at three weeks the rest are looking happy, healthy, and active.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Generally after 8 weeks of age they are out of the woods for coccidiosis (but it can still occur if immunocompromised or exposed to new soil). That is the age I start to count them as part of the flock and can relax a bit.

    Three weeks old is the latest I have lost them for "no reason"...individual chicks.
     
  3. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ugh!!!! 5 more weeks!!!! LOL [​IMG]

    Anything particular I can do to further reduce the risk of coccidiosis?
     

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