My Hatched Chicks are growing fine, now what do I do

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rocketdoctor, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. rocketdoctor

    rocketdoctor Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    Our Homemade incubator hatched 2 chicks and they seem fine at 3 weeks old. I am going to partition a part of my Run for them to keep them seperated from my other chickens when they get 6 weeks old.

    couple questions.

    I didn't vaccinate them against Mereks, can this endanger my other chickens or is it just a threat to them?
    When I add them to the run can I just feed them regular feed or do I need to continue to feed them starter feed?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio

    Sounds like things are going great for you. I personally give my chicks their starter/grower feed until they are 17 weeks old. That's because the extra calcium in the layer feed can be harmful to developing chicks.....

    In regards to the marek's vaccine, I do have all my hatchery chicks I buy vaccinated, but I don't have it available for chicks I hatch. I think you probably don't need to worry since they were hatched and have always been with you....I imagine they could get it from a wild bird.......But chances are probably slim.

    Good luck with your young'uns!

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