rookie questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ak2ga, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. ak2ga

    ak2ga New Egg

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    I'm a first time backyard chicken and I got for baby chicks they didn't give me any bedding for them or tell me I needed any do I?....and what are some other common mistakes that first time owners make I want to make sure do this right I've done a lot of research but still feel like I don't know anything or what I'm doing I'm being A worry wart I think.
     
  2. ak2ga

    ak2ga New Egg

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  3. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they will need bedding it can hurt their legs to be slipping around on smooth surfaces. Put in wood chip bedding and cover it with newspaper until the chicks are in there for a day or so, so they don't mistake the wood for food and eat a bunch of it. On e they know what the food is you can remove the paper. They also need heat.
     
  4. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use old towels for bedding. Even old clothes and rags would be better than the metal floor. They will eat wood chips and should not be on them until 2 or 3 weeks old. And never use cedar chips as they are toxic to chicks.
    They need chick starter, Water and 95 degree temperature. If you have a cat or dog around the chicks will need more protection than just the tub.
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  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    McMurray hatchery recommends wood shavings, rice hulls, or ground corn cobs as litter, covered with newspaper for the first day as by then they will know where the food is. Cedar chips and small sawdust is not recommended as they could eat it. This info is listed under chick care section of the faq section of McMurray's website. I brooded my 30 chicks last spring in this way and didn't have problems with them eating wood bedding

    They will quickly outgrow that tub as well they do need a little space to run around in and to get away from each other one they start figuring our their pecking order. Once they are a few weeks old they'll start flying at each other and fighting to establish their dominance in the flock this is normal but they can injure each other if they are cramped
     
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  6. ak2ga

    ak2ga New Egg

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    Thanks so much guys !!! I'm going to TCS today to go get a bigger place I saw one yesterday but they guy said no grr but thanks again !
     
  7. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your close to a large grocery store, check and see if they have any large produce boxes. They make great temp brooders and are FREE!

    I got this one from Wal-Mart. I kinda wish now I had gotten 2 and put them together. But I hope to have my outdoor brooder finished by the time they get to big for this one.

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    This is inside. Can you believe I have 15 chicks in there? They are hiding under my Premier warming plate. I just love it!

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    I have large flake shavings in my brooder. Since my chicks range in age from 4 to 11 days, they had already been introduced to feed and new what it was. So I didn't have to put any paper towels down over my shavings.
     
  8. ak2ga

    ak2ga New Egg

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    Oh wow soo helpful! Thanks I found a real big one in the garage and moved them in the laundry room
     
  9. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    Make sure they have adequate heat.
    I prefer towels/sheets for bedding. I had shavings and had nothing but problems (not with them eating them, but from the dust.)
    this also allows you to see just how much and the quality of their excretions. I had no idea if/when they were going to the bathroom with the chips, it be just blended in so well!
     
  10. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For what it's worth chickens and chicks are very dusty dandery critters is almost impossible to stop dust accumulation I kept mine in the basement and the room they were in was constantly covered in the dust from them. I do quite prefer the shavings to soak up the poop it makes for cleaner conditions I think
     

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