Raising Chicks in Republic of Panama

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by panamachick, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. panamachick

    panamachick New Egg

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    We have a farm in the Republic of Panama. The local farmers tell us that we need 24 hour lights to speed chick growth. Is that true?
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I dont know about speeding up the chick's growth but for baby chicks, you would need heating brooder light until they feathered out. After that you would not need to.

    How old are they and what kind are they?
     
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We love members from new places. Tell us about your birds, coops, etc. Welcome!
     
  4. panamachick

    panamachick New Egg

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    We don't know what kind of chicks they are. The Panamaians breed them locally with no additional heat as chicks...it's 80-100 degrees in Panama. We are keeping in mind that the man who told us this doesn't have electric light and had heard this from other sources but never tried it himself. These chickens are for eating and laying...nothing fancy...we'll try and find out the breed.
    Thanks
    Panamachick
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] Please keep us posted. Do you have any pictures?
     
  6. NurseELB

    NurseELB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My SIL's family lives down there! Looking forward to a visit someday, myself!

    I just realized, you'll probably never get a slow down in egg production since you have such a constant year round day/night cycle!! Lucky!
     
  7. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

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  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    The only part of Panama that I know is the airport... I've landed there at least 3 times going north and south between here and Ecuador.
     
  9. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dear Panama Chick,

    Here in Hawaii, our climate is pretty similar to yours, just the Summer high temps are lower. I keep a heat lamp on my brooder to insure that trade winds donʻt cool it off too much and to help keep the pine shaving litter dry. What I do see happening is that my chick feather out quickly and want to begin roaming much sooner than I would expect from my Midwestern farm experience.

    If enough members are interested, we should start a thread on raising chicks in the tropics. The topic isnʻt covered by any of the books and the local USDA office just hands out the same literature they print for Nebraska!

    Aloha!
     
  10. Steve52

    Steve52 New Egg

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    I think a tropics section would be a good idea. I'm just getting started: getting my first hatching eggs this week! I live on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Warm all year round here.
     

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