Keeping chicks warm

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  1. stephen k

    stephen k Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys I was wondering if anybody could help me with hatching hens/ducks.my gf is hatching chicks and I'm hatching ducks.they have been in the incubator 10 days now and I was wondering if you could give me any advice.i candled them on fri and seen some black lines in the egg (are they veins?).would an electric hen be good for when they hatch?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    You will need a brooder set up for the babies when they hatch. A cardboard box or a storage tub will work well. Get a heat lamp, a thermometer and some feed for the babies. Don't cover the top of the brooder with anything but a screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange. You can use wood shavings, corn cob or grass hay for bedding. When they are completely dry from hatch, when transfering them to the brooder, dip their beaks in the water so they know where the water is. You can lay down paper towels for the first few days and sprinkle feed all around the brooder floor near the feeder so they know where the feed is kept. Keep the heat off to one side, food and water on the other. Start the heat out at 95 degrees, lowering it by 5 degrees each week for 6 weeks.

    Good luck with your hatch! And enjoy BYC!
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright and [​IMG] nice to have you onboard with us [​IMG]


    What you were seeing is the egg growing [​IMG]
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - great advice given above.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! TwoCrows gave good information.
     

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