Should I always have a constant supply of food for my 3wk old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by xrayjwd, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. xrayjwd

    xrayjwd Out Of The Brooder

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    I am very new to the chicken word. Just built my coop and have many questions? Do they have to have a heat source. I live in Phx, Az and the climate if very mild now.
     
  2. VI KING RANCH

    VI KING RANCH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always have food available to my chickens from the day they hatch.
     
  3. xrayjwd

    xrayjwd Out Of The Brooder

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    We are an urban chicken family that has had chickens for about 3wks. Dont really know what kind cause they where a bday gift for my 5yr old. We have Omellett, Hawk, cutie, and candy. so far so good!
     
  4. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] At 3 weeks they should be kept at 80-85 degrees and decrease by 5 degrees per week until they are fully feathered at 5-6 weeks. Yes they should always have chick starter available, medicated or not. Have fun!
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Feed always. Heat, if necessary. Two week old chicks need a steady 80-85F. Any cooler and you risk them piling on each other. They'd give you a warning, though. They'd peep loudly and incessantly. [​IMG]
     
  6. xrayjwd

    xrayjwd Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Viking
     
  7. xrayjwd

    xrayjwd Out Of The Brooder

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    wow love this site. The quick response if amazing. Thanks to All!
     
  8. xrayjwd

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    After they have all there feathers is ok to not have a heat source?
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC [​IMG]

    Food and water is a must in over supply. Babies eat a ton. Keep up the heat until fully feathered 6 weeks or so. Heat source based on 5* per week starting at week 1 90* week 2 85* and so on. Good luck and congrats.
     
  10. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:How cold does it get at night in Phoenix? It is so dry I doubt that cold will be a problem for you. They need good ventilation to keep the humidity down but with just 4 chickens(same as me) they won't create a lot of their own humidity. Just make sure they don't get any drafts blowing on them and that their ventilation is high up, not right next to them on the roost. Make any sense?
     

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