Leaving new chicks alone

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by patrolman490, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. patrolman490

    patrolman490 In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    We've had the new chicks for almost a week now and they are doing great. Question? Would it be ok to leave them alone in brooder for a day or two if supplied with enough food and water. Don't really want to do it but may have no choice.

  2. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Hi patrolman490. I don't know what kind of setup you've got for your brooder, but I wouldn't have been comfortable leaving mine when they were only one week old. I had to change their water every couple of hours because they made such a mess with it and I worried about the heat lamp. But, if you have no choice, then there's really nothing else you can do.

    I would just make certain the heat lamp is safe with stable temps, and there is plenty of water available and enough food.

    Best of luck!
  3. RL

    RL Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Oak Point, TX
    I find it best to hang the waterier high enough so the chicks can just reach the water and get a drink. It seems to stay cleaner that way and it also gives them more room to run around. Same with the feeder.

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