Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by luna01, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. luna01

    luna01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys, so recently my family has decided to star our own mini farm. So far we have a miniature pig, and goat, and two ducks, all of thm seem to be doing great. However we seem to have a problem with chickens. We've already had our own trial and error with a couple of batches but there still so much we don't know. However right now I only need one question answered.

    How can you tell if a baby chick dies from being to cold?
    Recently our last two chicks(named mama bird and red head) had been making looks of noise so my mother had told my brother to unplug the heating lamp because they might have been to hot. Let's say it's been 1-2 days with out the lamp. They seemed to be doing fine however to day when I had gotten home I had heard loud almost frantic chirping so I went to go check on them. Mama bird was the one doing the chirping, red head however wasn't moving I quickly picked her up and called her name there was no response. I thought she was dead so I turned her upside down to see if she had died of pasting. Though there was some poop stuck to her butt there was not any blocking her passage. I had turned her around again to call her name when I noticed that her mouth was moving I felt relief wash through me as it was evident that she was still alive. Quickly and gently I set her down to replug the heating lamp, then I picked her up again to put her back into the room. Except when I picked her up she was as stiff as a board, and I realized that I was too late. What do you guys think?
    Oh and sorry for typing so much.
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your chicks? They need a heat lamp until they are fully feathered. The best way to tell if the babies are too hot or too cold is by their behavior. If they're huddled into a tight pile or ball, they're cold. If they're spread out and panting, too hot. The lamp shouldn't be unplugged, but raised or lowered as needed.
     
  3. luna01

    luna01 Out Of The Brooder

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    they are about 4-5 weeks old and they wings are the only part of their bodies that have actual feathers
     

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