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Just hatched two chicks - Care Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DangerChickenHouse, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1) They are 1 1/2 days apart. The oldest one tries to eat the newborn gook off the new one. I think she is hurting the other, so I have them separated. Is this normal? Am I misreading the situation? Was I doing the correct thing by separating them?

    2) I went and bought chick feed from a local feed store. My two day old chick isn't eating it. Is it too early to eat?

    3) I set up a make-shift brooder in my bathtub. The bulb is a normal light bulb. I will get a heat lamp tomorrow. The thermeter next to the bulb reads 90 degrees. Is this too low?

    Thanks for you help!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Newly hatched chicks are still absorbing the yolk sac and so they do not need to eat for 2 days. Offer the food, and they will find it when they are ready. You do need to dip their beaks in water though.

    As for the temperature, aim for about 85-90 degrees at chick level. Since you are brooding indoors, you will probably not need the heat lamp. A 75 watt bulb will probably get you there, depending on the height of the light. Make sure they have an area that is cooler, so if they get overheated, they can self regulate.
     
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  3. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I went and bought a red flood light and hung it from the shower curtain rod. I think it's going to work!
     

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