Lots of Questions! NEED HELP!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by snyder11, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. snyder11

    snyder11 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    Custer, SD
    How often do I need to change the litter in my brooder? Also I replace the water daily sometimes twice a day(is that enough?), but what about there food? I am feeding them Chick Starter 18% Medicated. Do I need to clean this out? I sweep of any pine shaving that get into there food, but do I need to take it out clean it? If so, how? Is this the correct food to be feeding them? They are about a week old. When do I switch to layer feed? When do I start using scratch? What about grit? At what age will they start laying eggs? How long is there laying age? The are Black Aussie's
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    Umm where to start the chick feed is fine thats what I gave mine. I think most people switch to layer feed at around egg laying age which is usually around 5 months depending on the breed. Yes you do need to make sure to keep the feeders and waters clean. I usually did mine twice a day, but everyones different. As far as the bedding i guess that depends on how many chicks you have. I only had 4 so they weren't too bad so i just added pine shavings when i could smell the poop. Hope this helps but you'll never find an exact answer to your questions since everybody does things differently.
  3. snyder11

    snyder11 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    Custer, SD
    Thanks for the advice. Will take it into consideration.
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    1. Litter in brooder: we changed every day. Our brooder was small, and the chicks used to do it up pretty bad. Just make sure they're not sleeping in poop and they're not going to tread in it every time they take a step.
    2. Water: Change that every day. The chickens will drink dirty water if they're thirsty and it's there, but I can't imagine it's good for them.
    3. Your feed sounds fine. You don't need to clean the feeder completely unless there's poo in it, just give it a quick wipe down. (although more than likely they will get poo in it)
    4. Layer feed: switch to this just before they start laying, 4 months-ish was when ours started. Chickens usually lay for about five years or more (I'm not sure on this one) but they lay most efficiently in the first two years.
    5. Scratch and grit: grit needs to be given to the chicks as soon as you start feeding them treats. If they're just eating their feed, no need. As for scratch, you can give that, but not too much as you want them eating their feed too.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
  5. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    Try elevating or hanging their food/water to keep bedding and poop out. Should be about the level of their back so they can still reach it. The feeder needs to be cleaned daily and the food will leave a dust that accumulates they will not eat. I wouldn't give them scratch till they are much older, best they eat their food first. Changing the bedding depends on the size of the brooder.I had a large brooder and put a good base about 2-3 inches and daily stirred it so the poop was covered and dried up, adding a little at a time. It will last for a couple of weeks before you have to change it out but then again my brooder was large enough they were happy in it till they went outside.
  6. sadies0111

    sadies0111 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2010
    I agree with the previous answers, but you forgot to mention oyster shell, which needs to be provided around egg laying time as well. Enjoy your babies!

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