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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by aprilgrem, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. aprilgrem

    aprilgrem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So we received our first ever chicks yesterday. They were around 24-36 hours old, a neighbor ordered 25 from a hatchery so we ended up with 3. 1 - Easter Egger, 1 - Black Australorp, 1 - Barred Rock. Or at least as best as we can tell.
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    My question is I know they are supposed to stay at 90 degrees but I also want to handle/hold them. I am nervous about taking them from underneath the light. How can I keep them warm while handling?

    Any tips and or advice on this or anything else is very appreciated!! Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Handle them all you want, just don't keep them away from the heat source for too long in the first couple of weeks.
     
  3. aprilgrem

    aprilgrem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I just warmed a towel in the dryer and have them napping on my lap! [​IMG] Question. Do they sleep with their beaks open? I have one that is keeping her little beak open
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    As long as it's breathing normally without and wheezy noises and is active it's okay, they do just drop and fall asleep, and sometimes scare the heck out of a person by looking dead.
     
  5. aprilgrem

    aprilgrem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah. I think this is the same one that keeps falling asleep on her feet and just falling forward. But then she also came on my chest and started pecking my cheek. They are defiantly active little things!
     

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