New Baby Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shane709, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. shane709

    shane709 Out Of The Brooder

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    So i got my first family of chicks, I got Orpington's. 6 Female and 1 male. They are only a day old. This is my first go around, so any advice would be great. Any things special i should do since they are so young?

    Currently I have them in a container in my house with a heat lamp. Heat lamp needed in the house?? Thanks guys, appreciate the help!
     
  2. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    [​IMG] be sure to check out the learning center tab
     
  3. shane709

    shane709 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you. I have, I just did not see anything pertaining to babies that young.
     
  4. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/283953/raising-baby-chicks-notable-topic-index-please-review

    They need a heat lamp even in the house. You should keep them in a draft free brooder/container for 4 - 6 wks. Starting with the temp at 90 and decrease by 5 degrees each week. Make sure they can get away from the heat lamp if need. Also, make sure the food and water is not too close to the heat.

    Food - chick starter crumbles. Water and absorbent bedding. Wood chips or shavings as long as they are not cedar.
     
  5. shane709

    shane709 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks ren!
     
  6. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Can't wait to see pics of your under deck coop:)
     
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  7. shane709

    shane709 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lol, I defintaley need to make some progress on it these next few weeks! Have the wood bought! Ready to start! Luckily I have some friends an my church that are pretty handy and they work for pizza :) By my calculations it seems like its gonna be big. The house is 6x6 and then an 8 foot run. Do you think that's enough?? Looking at coops at the store it seems like it should be. Hope it all turns out ok!
     
  8. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Yes, I do think that's big enough for 7. They may want to be paid in eggs this time[​IMG]
     
  9. shane709

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    Gonna have to be eggs, because I dont think I can part with any chicken meat lol! I got these to try eggs and meat, wasnt planning on liking the little fellas so much! dont know if Im gonna have the heart to butcher any of them
     
  10. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the problem. You just can't help but fall in love with the little buggars.
     
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