New babies arrive Wed.!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by IonaFarm, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. IonaFarm

    IonaFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I will be picking up day old chicks Wed. I have gotten chicks from the feed store in the past. But not day old.

    What can I do to make sure their safe and well taken care of right from the start?

    Should I start with medicated feed?

    There will be 18-20: one waterer or two, one feeder or two?

    Bedding:paper towels, pine shavings?

    I'm getting nervous and excited. I know it's not rocket science.

    Any info would be helpful.
     
  2. leahthor

    leahthor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't answer the medicated feed question. I think that is just personal preference, there are arguements for medicated and arguements against.

    It depends on how big your waterers and feeders are. Personally I use the smaller ones for my chicks and for that many I would use 2. If the waterer is big I would suggest putting marbles in the tray so that they don't drown.

    For bedding I use shavings that are covered with papertowel for the first several days. I want my chicks to know what the food is and not ingest shavings.

    Make sure you keep them draft free with a heat lamp. Thermometer is a must! Make sure your brooder has a warmer side and a cooler side so that they can move to where they are most comfy.

    Congrats on the babies, love to see photos when you get them!
     

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