share your way of takeing care of chicks for the first 3 days.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by L*A*G*, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    I wanted this to be a helpful thread for people that are buying chicks or ordering for the first time. Day old chicks are so fragile
    and this is my way of careing for chicks for the first 3 days of life
    outside the shell. Please feel free to share your way as well.
    supplies.
    1. a red light. (reason why explained below)
    2. paper shreddings.
    3. newspaper
    4. waterer
    5. a brooder. (I use a large plastic tote for my 8 chicks)
    6. a towel or something light weight.
    7. a feeder and chick starter (

    1. A red light gives off a bit of heat and also keeps the brooder darkish. A regular light doesn't give off as much heat and it
    keeps the brooder so bright that chicks don't get good sleep.
    2. put paper shredding (or other litter)on the bottom of the
    brooder to absorb water ect.
    3. put newspaper on top the shreddings so the chicks aren't tempted to eat it. after 3 day u can put litter ontop the paper.
    4. after the chicks come out of the bator from being in there for a day, make sure they can have water at all times. Put the waterer
    in the middle of the brooder so the chick can be reminded to drink.
    5. there is many styles of brooders and if u look in the sticky
    brooder thread, u can find a lot of good ideas. I use a plasic tote.
    6. with a red light u will not need something to cover the whole top
    of the brooder. but it is a good idea to use a towel or something
    light weight to splace over the cool end of the brooder so it will
    not get too cool.
    7. after the chick has been drinking for a day, it is time to give it
    some chick starter. place the feeder somewhere in the middle of the brooder so the chick will be reminded to eat.

    The care
    Let the chick stay in the incubator until it is completely dry.
    then move to a brooder that is 95 F. give it water. u may
    need to dunk its beak in the water to let it know. after it
    is had water for a day, give it feed. Please try not to play
    with it for the first 3 days so it can sleep. I check on the
    chicks when it gets the coldest to make sure that the temp
    stays at 95F.

    Thank You for reading and rais haelthy chicks.
    ~Larra~
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    3. put newspaper on top the shreddings so the chicks aren't tempted to eat it. after 3 day u can put litter ontop the paper.

    I wouldnt use newspaper. Newspaper is slippery and can cause the chicks to get spraddle leg.

    7. after the chick has been drinking for a day, it is time to give it
    some chick starter. place the feeder somewhere in the middle of the brooder so the chick will be reminded to eat.

    Also, as soon as you move the chicks to the brooder, you should be offering both food and water, not just one or the other.



    I leave the chicks in the incubator for 24 hours. Then I move them into a wire cage with a 250 watt red heat lamp. Make sure the heat lamp is very secure so that it cant fall down and start a fire, etc.

    I keep the brooder around 95 degrees. The first 3 days I give them water and purina start and grow chick starter (medicated, or unmedicated, depends what I have). Then starting at day 3 I start giving them some ACV in their water. I change the water daily, and disinfect the waterer daily.

    ~Chelsea~
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2009
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    I have used puppy pads over wood shavings and LOVE them!
    Puppy pads are easy to change out, not slippery, and really easy towad up and dispose of.
     
  4. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Quote:That's a wonderful idea! I have leftover puppy pads I was intending to give away. AND I have new chicks in the the brooder as of yesterday. [​IMG] Thanks.
     
  5. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Chelsea, what do u use for newspaper?
    how much ACV do u use? what do u think it does?
     
  6. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is ACV?
     
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    L*A*G* :

    Chelsea, what do u use for newspaper?
    how much ACV do u use? what do u think it does?

    I either use straw or hay for the first 2-3 days. Then they get switched to shavings, since they know where their food is.


    I think im using a quart waterer now, once they get bigger they get switched to the gallon waterer. I use about a tablespoon per quart. It keeps the waterer from getting slimey. Also, it has other benefits. I use the regular ACV, not the organic stuff. I've been reading up on it and the regular ACV does the same stuff as the kind with the "mother" in it.​
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

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  9. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
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  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

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