Picking Up Chicks in the Morning!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenniemig, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spent the afternoon setting up the brooder for my girls. I was planning on using a large wire dog kennel or making a wooden brooder, but ended up having to settle with a giant Rubbermade tote. The dog kennel didn't work out because I couldn't keep the temperature high enough, even with the sides enclosed with cardboard. I just didn't have time to build the wooden one, so the totes will do. I was also planning to use a heating pad instead of heat light, but that didn't provide anywhere near enough heat. Luckily I did a dry run, otherwise I would have been scrambling to keep my chicks warm.

    I set up my heat light and ran it for 5 hours adjusting the height as I needed until I got to the right temp for a couple of hours. In its current position the thermometer fluctuates between 95-99 degrees. I am so glad that I bought the thermometer. At first I used my hand under the light and what felt OK to me was actually 110 degrees. Half of the brooder is heated, then has a cooler side that hovers between 75-80 degrees. I am using puppy pads for the flooring rather than shavings, seems easier to clean. I have ducklings coming on Tuesday, so I made an identical brooder right beside the one for the chicks. I also made 4 nipple waterers out of recycled 20oz. soda bottles. Now I just need to figure out how to hang them. I tried a coat hanger but that didn't work.

    My costs stayed pretty low.
    tote was $14.00
    clamp lite $7.00
    125 watt heat bulb $8.00
    puppy pads (100 pack) $23.00
    nipples $2.00
    digital thermometer $8.00

    So for about $62 I was able to make a decent brooder. All I need to pick up is a chick and duck feeder and we're ready to go!

    I have decided that I am going to use medicated chick crumbles for the chicks, and non-medicated for the ducklings. After doing tons of reading it seems like my safest option. I will also be using Save-A-Chick in their water, not sure how long though...

    I hope that my set up and planning are up to par. PLEASE, if I've missed something or have something wrong let me know!

    Note: Once they outgrow the totes I have 2 large Play Yards (18 sq. ft. each) for them set up in the garage.
     
  2. MamaKitty913

    MamaKitty913 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't forget if you have had your chicks vaccinated against coccidosis that you should NOT give them medicated chick feed, as it "cancels" out the vaccination.
     
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  3. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am buying them from the local feed store. I called and asked if they were vaccinated, they said they were not. I will be sure to ask again in the morning. Thanks Mamakitty[​IMG]
     
  4. Looks like you are all ready for the chicks. [​IMG]
     
  5. MamaKitty913

    MamaKitty913 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are welcome! There is so much information in all the "books" but McMurry had a little itty bitty paragraph about it in the catalog! And so I thought I'd share.
     
  6. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! You are doing awesome!! [​IMG]
     
  7. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, the girls are HOME[​IMG]

    We ended up getting 8. They've all been pigging out and are now napping. They are little pooping machines! Luckily it's firm tiny poops so far. I have been working with the nipple waterer, but no luck getting them to drink yet. I asked for 6 Golden Sex Links, but I am wondering if they gave me RIR's instead. Can anyone tell from the picks? The little bright yellow one, which my 4 year old niece picked, is supposed to be a Buff Orphington (sp), and the other is an unknown, my 7 year old niece picked out, they just said it was a "heavy layer". Can anyone tell me what they are?

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    This little cutie is supposed to be a GSL.

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    This is my little yoga birdie, this is called downward facing chick.
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    This one loves to sprawl...
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    The chick on the right is the unknown "heavy layer"
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    This is supposed to be the Buff.
     
  8. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a close up of the unknown chick
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    This is the GSL
     
  9. HardizzlesFlock

    HardizzlesFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The unknown chick looks like a RIR
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Cute....100 degrees might be a little too warm.
     
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