- Sep 9, 2014
Hi, I bought 2 baby chicks on Saturday and the feed shop had them since Friday only, I'm assuming they were 2 days old when he got them. So today, I am assuming again, they become a week old. My mom warned me baby chicks have high death rates, I'm thinking if I make it through the 2 week mark they'll be less likely to die. Is there a time frame that most baby chicks die in? This is causing me a lot of stress, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night worried they died. I live in CA and the weather here from sunrise till sundown starts at around 80 F, then from about 11am till 5pm it's 95 F then the last 2 hours before sundown back to 80F, it's at a constant 65-70F through the night! I felt this was good so I didn't buy them a heat lamp. They stay in my garage in a big comfortable open box and my garage is very warm at a constant 90F all day. I bring them out after my last class around 2pm for a few hours and let them roam the backyard while I'm with them then back to the garage. My garage light is always on so I started putting a towel over them idk if they prefer to sleep in the dark? I change the sheet under them in the box every other day and change their water about 3 times a day and they always have starter mash, I even put a piece of lettuce in their for them to play with. Is there anything I am doing wrong or missing? Please help with my worry they're gonna die. Should I feed them anything other than started mash?