New and nervous!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Magic Birdie, May 13, 2011.

  1. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm getting my chickees from a hatchery (that isn't mean) in 39 days! I'm so exited, but nervous too. This is the first time I've had chickens, and I have been in bird maniac mode for a few years, but this is the first time I'm getting chickens (that I've just mentioned). I know some chicks WILL die, but I REALLY don't want them to. If they do die, I'm sure there is no way for my parents to let me get them again (it took a couple of months just to convince them to order them). So do you have any suggestions to keep them alive?
     
  2. phantomml

    phantomml Out Of The Brooder

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    Lots of food and clean water. Put them in a large tote or soemthing that is fire resistant to put a heat lamp over. Put wood shaving in the bottom. They will get these in the food and water, so I usually clean it twice a day. They need to be at about 95 degrees the first week and down 5 degrees each week after until they are 4-5 weeks with feathers, After a week they get wing feathers, and some are good enough to fly, at least well enough to get out, and get scared, if you hear loud peeping someone is in distress, and go find out what happened, usually a lost one [​IMG] they get big quick, and start getting more feathers, but make sure they have some room to move around wherever you put them- do you have a set up? After a month, put them in a large pen or coop. They should have about all their feathers [​IMG] I have had good luck and its my first year, i only had one die but he was acting that way when she got here. What hatchery? What kinds [​IMG]
     
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Good food, clean water, clean brooder (and later coop) lots of love and they should stay healthy. You can't keep them 100% safe all the time (wild birds can bring disease sometimes) but you can do everything possible to try to prevent it. Good luck with your chicks! BTW, I have only had chickens for about a year and have only lost one to a predator. No sickness yet (keeping [​IMG] and knocking on wood)
     
  4. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you your info. I know how to take care of them (or at least I THINK I know), more, please! And by the way, I'm getting 12, 6 silkies 6 australorps from www.mypetchicken.com
     
  5. adamj_ut

    adamj_ut New Egg

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    You will love your little Australorps! We originally got 2 silver laced wyandottes, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 new hampshire reds. One of the Wyandotte chicks died when it was 4 days old. We then got two little australorps and they are by far our friendliest little chicks. We then picked up two little Easter Eggers two weeks ago. Our chicks are about five weeks old now. My advice to you is to read, read, read. Ask all the questions you can. Search the forums on this website. I take the magazine backyard poultry and it has been immensely helpful. You can read some of their past articles if you go to their website. Get yourself a book about chickens, I bought Storey's guide to raising chickens. Make sure you have your brooder set up before they arrive. Start them out on paper towels for the first few days then put them on pine shavings. You will love them!
     
  6. WitksChicks

    WitksChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my 8 chicks (they were one day old), two years ago. I kept them in a dryer box (from Home Depot) in our garage. I placed the remote part of an indoor outdoor thermometer in the bottom of the box on the crushed corn cob I used for bedding to keep track of the temperature. I hung a heat lamp (one with the red bulb) over the box and regulated the temp to 95 degrees before I brought them home to be sure it was just right for them. I made little roosts for them using 2 x 4 sections of wood in an "I" shape. When I first took from the box I picked them up in, I was told to make sure they drank when I got them home. As I moved them from the carrier box to their dryer box I gently put the beak in the water and then released them gently onto the crushed corn cob. This way they new where the water was (that is what I was told to do at the Blue Seal store where I ordered them from). The crushed corn cob was easy to keep clean, I used a slotted spoon and scooped up their poo with that. Make sure their food and water is always clean. And pick them up on occasion to get them use to you. I had my eating out of my hand in a very short time.
     
  7. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out all the threads on feeding, watering, care and all the other things. There is alot of great info on here and if you have questions just ask!!! Good luck with your babies!! [​IMG]
     

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