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Question about baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kuntrychick, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    A guy is giving us some baby chicks that were hatched October 10th. They're in his brooder now and have grown a bunch. [​IMG]

    He said we can take them at any time now. What kind of living quarters or whatever do they need at that age? What kind of food? Anything I need to know in advance for raising chicks at that age?


  2. Maggies Pop

    Maggies Pop Songster

    Sep 23, 2009
    Middletown (No CAL)
    We got ours at a day old and they took up residence in our master bathroom and are still there 4+ wks later. [​IMG]

    We have had them on just chick starter and lots of fresh water.

    Good luck!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They are two weeks old so they need to be kept at 85 degrees for a week, then 80, then 75 and then if you have a coop they can go into that.

    They'll need to continue on starter until they are 4-5 weeks old and then I keep them on grower until they are 19-22 weeks.

    Good luck.. .you are gonna love it!
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    All of this info is in the BYC Learning Center pages. Chick starter feed, a 100 watt bulb for heat, a large box, a waterer that they can't drown in full of clean water, some paper towel for underneath them, wood shavings soon for bedding. You can easily get ready for chicks that age, and still have time to read up on the next stages. The first month or two is simple, the rest you'll have time to get ready for.

    Go look things up here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/raising-chickens-basics.php
  5. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    N.E Ohio- Suffield
    Well said!

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