new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ravenking, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. ravenking

    ravenking Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2017
    salisbury nc
    so im getting new baby chicks what light bulb should i get for week old chicks and is pine shavings or hay good and any other info i need
  2. Nyfarmer30802

    Nyfarmer30802 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    we use a heat lamp for them but sometimes it gets a little to hot so we don't put it in direct contact with them don't know what wattage though. And we use pine shavings over hay but they both work good.
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Here are a few articles that should be able to answer your questions! Also I would use pine shaving over hay any day, I've been told hay isn't good for the chicks because it has a lot of dust and can easily mold and there are some other problems.

    How To Raise Baby Chicks
    Raising Your Baby Chicks

    How To Care For A Chick - First 60 Days:

    • You'll need a chick brooder - See our list of hmemade brooders
    • Flooring - Pine shavings & corn cob bedding are best. Stay clear of newspaper since it doesn't absorb well and can be slippery.
    • Temperature - 90 to 100 deg. for the first week, decrease 5 deg. per week. Be VERY careful of fire hazards!
    • Food & water - chick crumbles / starter & a chick waterer (see our list of homemade feeders & waterers)
    • Play time - Play with your chicks when young to get the use to being around people.
    • More details: Article: How To Raise Baby Chicks - Forum Section: Raising Chicks
  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.

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