Preparing for new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CityGirlintheCountry, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Now that my coop is done, I am starting to get together all of the supplies I will need for my new chicks (to come in the spring). What do I need to get to start off (including medications to have on hand)? I figured to place an order with Jeffers in the next month or so.

    I know I need starter feed, grit, waterer and feeder, diatomaceous earth and pine shavings for the coop. What do y'all recommend from there?

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  2. nccatnip

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    depending on age/location you might need heat lamps and a thermometer.
    I never used medicated feeder and everyone did just fine. I threw a little grit in the brooder box but I think it may not be necessary until they go of starter feed.
    If you are getting little ones, I used tons of paper towels over the shavings for about 3-4 days- It helps prevent leg problems and you can monitor the poop better. I would also recommend Q-tips and olive oil in case of pasty butt. (I had over 60 babies of various ages at one time, after one episode of pasty butt, I made it a rule from that point out to rub a ring around their bottoms at 2days old. No more problems with pasty butt)
     
  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    You olive oil them up whether they show signs of pasty butt or not, like a preventative?

    Got the paper towels and heat lamp. Will add thermometer to the list.
    thanks!
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  4. Pinenot

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    I would also carry electrolites. You never know when you wake up and there is a sluggish one.
     
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Special chicken electrolytes or something like pedialite?
     
  6. dbjay417

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    excellent thread. Maybe they have a new corn flavor of gatorade.
     

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