Picking up our chicks today!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TERRY4, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were getting 6 barred rock pullets. Hope that's enough. I have a huge type set up in the k kitchen, with the light on top and water/food ready. I'm using shavings for bedding. This is ohio sho they'll have top stay in for 2-3 weeks, until they're big enough top go out in the pen. I'm wondering, will they needed a bulb when I put th em out? How old are they when they can tolerate without a hear bulb?

    Excited but nervous..

    Terry
     
  2. happylittlehens

    happylittlehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to this as well. But, from what I have read, they need heat until they have feathers on their head. You start with the temp around 90 degrees (week 1) and drop it 5 degrees each week until about 6 weeks when they should have feathers on their head. If anyone know differently, please feel free to correct me.
     
  3. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes,i read that too. We got them home and one made a lot of noise. it just died. I called the store and thryre going to replace it.
     
  4. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes,i read that too. We got them home and one made a lot of noise. it just died. I called the store and thryre going to replace it.
     
  5. chickanddoglvr

    chickanddoglvr Out Of The Brooder

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    At 2-3 weeks, yes they will need a heat bulb. You might put them in your garage for a while because it is still so cold. I live in Cincinnati and today it snowed!! So yes they will definitely need a heat bulb, and you should keep them in the garage until they are completely feathered, even then on cold nights while they are still young you might turn on the heat lamp in their coop. Good luck, and don't worry they will tell you when something is wrong. [​IMG]
     
  6. TERRY4

    TERRY4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. We just got back from the store. They were all out of barred rocks until tues, so we got a Rhode Island Red chick, that's the same age. These are approx. 1 week he said. They're quite happy in their new home, and eating, drinking, and sleeping under the bulb. I am truely grateful to be part of this group, for the help and advise, I might need.

    Oh. It is exactly 1 year to the month, that I joined. And we now have chicken, a year later.
     
  7. CruchyJeepMama

    CruchyJeepMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How exciting! We just got 6 pullets yesterday. It is our first time with chickens, so we are excited. My kids love the little babies :)
     
  8. CHICKEN CRAZY1

    CHICKEN CRAZY1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats! If you needed somthing to do to calm your nerves,you can make a chick countdown thread.
     

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