Newbie with questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by welman, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. welman

    welman Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Greetings! This is a wonderful site, I've learned a ton already!

    We have 6 NH Red chicks about 3 weeks old. They seemed hugely interested in getting outside each time opened the coop so I let them out in a small pen in the yard yesterday. Is this OK at 3 weeks? I was told at least 6, with their feathers.

    Once they've learned where their food is, is it OK to put shavings in the coop? We've been using newspaper so far.

    Should I only be giving them chicken feed at this point? When is it OK to offer scraps?

    Many thanks to anyone with advice...we're very excited to have joined the world of chicken enthusiasts!
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    WELCOME!!! You have come to the right place. I love it here. The people are fantastic and the knowledge is bountiful! I an fairly new but I will try to help.

    As long as your weather is nice and warm, letting them out for a little while should be ok. My last batch of babies perfered cooler temps than what is suggested. So at 3 weeks 70 would have been fine for them.

    Yes! Once they know what food is shavings are fine. I started mine out with shavings and never had a problem. I know some have though.

    I was told on here that 4 weeks is a good point to start treats. Some people perfer to wait a while longer.

    I hope this helps! Again welcome and have fun!
  3. Peaguy

    Peaguy Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Mine are 4 weeks now and are beginning to start their transition to being outside (so far just "visits to the park"-I am taking them out for a couple hours every day They are loving it! They are also beginning to find out the joys pf fresh corn on the cob and Purslane... They have the corn figured out but the Purslane has them kinda stumped they love to "wrassle" with it though! You said yours are three weeks? get ready for a growth explosion!!!! (Not a spurt!) Mine are so big already just in the last week, they are starting to tip over their 1 gallon waterer causing me to go through the pine shavings rather quickly now!
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator

    Sep 25, 2007
    When you begin to offer treats, you should also offer free-choice grit, which comes in a small size called "chick grit." They will need this to help grind up/digest any food other than their chick feed. Enjoy, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  5. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Wade, Mississippi
  6. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    Depending on where you are they should be able to go out now. My 3 week olds have been going outside on their own since they were 12 days old. They have never been inside ever. I say turn them in to the run and let them have some fun. [​IMG]: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2008

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