Just a few questions :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mr.Beginner24, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Mr.Beginner24

    Mr.Beginner24 Out Of The Brooder

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    1) can I give my 7 week old chicks tortilla shells?

    2) one of my chicks that I got who was the little one of the bunch still hasn't grown and the chick is now 7 weeks old. The chick stands at about 2 inches maybe 3. The rest are about 2 or 3 times bigger than the little fellow. Should I be worried?

    3) I got this shelf with 20 boxes on it so I could cut it into laying boxes. The boxes are 15 inches high, 15 inches deep, and 11 inches wide. Would they be ok with those dimensions?

    4) they don't like using the ra,p to get into thier house so I have to manually pick them up and put them into it at night. When I open the lodge in the morning, they will walk out onto the little ledge I built for them and jump off. Could the box be too high off the ground? Or does anyone have any suggestions as to why they wont use the ramp?
     
  2. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mr.Beginner24 :

    1) can I give my 7 week old chicks tortilla shells?

    2) one of my chicks that I got who was the little one of the bunch still hasn't grown and the chick is now 7 weeks old. The chick stands at about 2 inches maybe 3. The rest are about 2 or 3 times bigger than the little fellow. Should I be worried?

    3) I got this shelf with 20 boxes on it so I could cut it into laying boxes. The boxes are 15 inches high, 15 inches deep, and 11 inches wide. Would they be ok with those dimensions?

    4) they don't like using the ra,p to get into thier house so I have to manually pick them up and put them into it at night. When I open the lodge in the morning, they will walk out onto the little ledge I built for them and jump off. Could the box be too high off the ground? Or does anyone have any suggestions as to why they wont use the ramp?

    They can have tortilla shels as long as u r providing grit with it. I would also break the shels up so they can handle the pieces.

    A runt is a runt. Always the smallest one. U can try to give her extra protein with eggs and vitamins. Baby vitamins WITHOUT iron. Poly visol. Think u can get them at walmart. also can give some yougurt to try to boost her up! U should only be worried if she isn't eating, drinking, and pooping.

    those dimensions are just about perfect! Good job!

    For example: if the door is 12 inches from the ground you need a low grade rise (does that make sense?). Our door is close to 10 inches to the ground. We put a cinder block right outside the door and then layed a 4-5 ft board on top to make their ramp. They r scared of the ramp for some reason. ours will use it now.

    Hope that info helps! Congrats and keep us posted on how they r doing!​
     
  3. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
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    Agreed with Earnhardt.

    I was wondering if the runt could be a bantam? Bantams can range in size even for being small. For example, I had a Golden Sebright and a Silkie at one time -- both bantams. The Sebright was much smaller than the bantam Silkie. And compare that Sebright to my large fowl layers, she looked so tiny!!
     
  4. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2 agree with Earnhardt and about the bantam
     
  5. cchase25

    cchase25 Out Of The Brooder

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    Regarding the ramp problem, once you have insured the ramp isn't too steep or slippery, try putting some really good treats up the lentgh of it. My flock LOVES meal worms and will overcome alot of obstacles suddenly to get at them. Once one chicken is on the ramp others will follow, worked like a charm for me and my coop is raised bu over 3 ft.
     
  6. Mr.Beginner24

    Mr.Beginner24 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks everyone. I will definately give the treat thing a try. And to the people who wanted to know the breed, I have no idea...I do have some pictures of them on my profile though...maybe you experts can help me identify them?
     
  7. Mr.Beginner24

    Mr.Beginner24 Out Of The Brooder

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    And the one in my profile pic is one of the ones not growing. I have three that won't grow.
     
  8. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that you now have three bantams, especially if none are acting sickly.

    My BOs now in their 7th week go up and down the ramp when they want to, but have taken to flying from run to coop,
    a height of about 2 feet. They seem to love doing this; just ignoring the ramp completely. Bet yours will start doing that soon.
     
  9. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mr.Beginner24 :

    And the one in my profile pic is one of the ones not growing. I have three that won't grow.

    I would think bantam, as long as they are active and seem to be doing fuzzy butt stuff like the rest!​
     

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