Newbie needing help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Annap, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Annap

    Annap Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello
    I really need some help this is the first time I have done this but somehow I have manage to hatch 4 lovely chicks and 3 on the way please could someone tell me when I should give them water I've put food in will they no when and how to drink
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    No need to give them food or water until you get them into the brooder. They live off their yolk sack for up to three days When giving water usually the just take to it but I always dip their beak just a little in the water (dont dip all the way to the nose or they could drown) and they will get the hint. Make sure you have a heat lamp for them and keep them at 95 or there abouts for a week. If they pant it's too hot and if they crowd and try to lay on each other it's too cold. If you have any more questions ask away [​IMG] And good luck!!
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    BTW welcome!!! And you have just found THE best place for your chickens questions [​IMG] Very brilliant ppl here to help you out [​IMG] What sort of chicks are you hatching??? And PLEASE DO share pictures. We are all picture freaks here [​IMG]
     
  4. Annap

    Annap Out Of The Brooder

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    I've let them dry out in the bator and then moved them into the brooder tonight I'm worried I'm doing something wrong they seem to be just falling a sleep so they seem happy enough I've never hatched anything before am I moving them too soon or is that ok
     
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    You did fine. They do lay around for a day or so. Just be sure to dip their beaks in water so they know where it is, and put a food dish in with chick starter:welcome
     
  6. Annap

    Annap Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks it's abit of a learning curve I don't even know what kind they are thanks for the advise I have a feeling I will be on here all the time
     
  7. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put colored aquarium beads in the waterer. The shiny attracts them and I tap on the waterer a few times. I put their starter feed on a paper towel the first few days and when I first put them in I will tap at the food pick some up and drop it the way a mother chicken would. They will automatically peck at it. Doing the water this way I have never had to dip a beak.
     
  8. Annap

    Annap Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats a great idea the older ones are taking some water that I have put in a milk bottle top I'm so worried I'm doing it wrong
     
  9. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once they are in the brooder, they are ready to drink water. You can go ahead and put their waterer in.
    I put marbles in mine to prevent them from accidently drowning.
    [​IMG]

    You can also hang a hamster water bottle in their brooder. They can learn to drink from that and then you won't have to worry about poo and shavings in your water. If they don't get it at first, you can put a bit of peanut butter on the end.
    [​IMG]

    If you want some more tips, I wrote a fairly short post on my blog about brooding chicks. It should get you the basics pretty quickly: http://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/basic-chick-care/

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    can also look at My Pet Chicken's guide: http://www.mypetchicken.com/backyard-chickens/chicken-care/chapter-4-caring-for-baby-chicks.aspx

    Or
    The Easy Chicken's: http://shilala.homestead.com/brooding.html

    Read up, and good luck!
     
  10. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and [​IMG]
     

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