newly hatched chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by neicee1986, May 20, 2007.

  1. neicee1986

    neicee1986 New Egg

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    Our chickens are having chicks, but they are dieing before they get out of the coop. We don't know if the rooster is killing them or if the mother is. Brought in the ones we found alive, and have in small cage with heat lamp. Is that what we need to do?
     
  2. iopele

    iopele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you're doing the right thing, Neicee. I know a lot of roos will kill chicks even if they're his offspring, for some reason--bad roos! Taking the babies and brooding them yourself sounds like the only way to ensure they make it in this situation.

    I'm sorry about your lost chicks, but it sounds like you're on the right track now. Good luck!
     
  3. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Here is a link to one of the hatchery web sites where they give some care suggestions. http://www.idealpoultry.com/care.htm If you don't have a chick waterer you can make one out of a plastic peanut butter jar and a shallow dish that is larger than the jar. Cut or drill a few holes in the jar just below the level of where the lip of the dish would be when you set the jar in it. You fill the jar full of fresh water and screw on the lid and quickly put it in the dish. Water will come out into the dish and they can drink from it with out falling in. I did this with a larger vinegar jug and a shallow pie pan when I was in a pinch. Otherwise, get some chick starter and you should be fine. [​IMG]
     

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