New baby hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jmolmstead, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Jmolmstead

    Jmolmstead Hatching

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    I recently just purchased a baby hen, how long can they live without a heat lamp?
     
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

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    :welcome

    Have you only got one chick? Do you not have a heat source at all?
     
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Your chick NEEDS warmth from a heat source & at least 2 more to keep it company. What do you have for feed? What are you keeping it in? Inside or out? Where are you located?
     
  4. Jmolmstead

    Jmolmstead Hatching

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    I’m located in Ilion NY, I am keeping it inside until the snow melts. I have corn meal for feed.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You need a heat source and chick starter feed...cornmeal is not a good chick food.
    How old is this 'baby hen' and where did you get it??
     
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  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  7. Jmolmstead

    Jmolmstead Hatching

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    I got it from Tractor Supply, and it actually is starter grow
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    What are you using for a heat source? You must keep it at 90* for at least the first few days. A chick without adequate heat will die a slow death. And giving it a blanket or other covering to snuggle up in will not suffice. Chicks can't produce enough heat to survive until they are feathered out.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    So you bought more than one chick?
    ....they usually won't sell just one.
     
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  10. Hmm... One chick from TSC? They should not have just sold you one, they need to be part of a flock.

    I would go back ASAP and get a few more and some supplies

    Gary
     
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