Just got my chicks! Have a few questions!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Whitewinterwolf, May 2, 2011.

  1. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    First...YAY! I just got my Silkies baby's!
    I have no clue what gender yet, but one Blue and one White baby [​IMG]
    The white one is 3 weeks old and the blue one is 4 weeks old.

    The white one is a week younger then the blue one *I hope there both girls T_T*
    and I am concerned about that one the most. When I got them, the breeder warned me that the white one was a little cold and needed a heat lamp as soon as possible. he offered me another chick but I my heart was set on that one! XD
    Well, she plays a very convincing dead chick when she is sleeping...And as much as I was expecting it, it still bothers me. The whole car ride home I kept checking to make sure she was alive lol.
    Now onto the problem/questions:

    The blue one has a high pitch peep.
    While my white one has an almost hoarse sounding peep, and she sneezes now and then.
    Is the peeping just because of the age difference? And should I be worried about the sneezing?
    She still gets up and runs around, eats and drinks. But its unnerving and im a worried mother hen sorta speak [​IMG]

    Also with there change of food there poop has turned to mush, no blood thank god, but its mushy.

    Also, there food went from organic home stuff to medicated mash, since I did not know they fed organic until after I got them and had already bought the feed. They needed to eat so...well they ate it.

    Is that going to hurt them? [​IMG] I mixed the little bit of food the guy gave me with the mash like we do with dogs when we switch there food, but I dont know if it works the same with chicks?

    And how often should I be handling them?
    Last edited: May 2, 2011
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    They should be fine with the food switch. Give them a day or two to adjust not only to the food, but the new surroundings.

    I wouldn't take them out more than once or twice a day for 15-ish min right now. In a week or so they can take more handling.

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