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SO who knew and didn't tell me

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Clay In Iowa, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In one week Chicks triple in size and grow enough feathers to fly short distances.

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE how fast my chicks are growing. One of the Amaraucna chicks had pin feathers 3 days after hatching and now one week later almost fully feathered wings and tail and can already fly 8 to 10 inches off the ground. I had to put a cover on the brooder last night.

    I'm stunned at the growth rate.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    They are so cute and agile at that age! I love the way they take off like little helicopters.

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  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I know, isn't it just impossible? Literally their feathers grow perceptibly between 8 a.m. and noon. Very strange. Very cool!

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  4. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! I had no idea either! Now I can't wait to get mine [​IMG]
     
  5. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So true Pat ... It's just Amazing. I told my wife I think I could almost stand there and watch them grow.

    At one week just their bellies are about 50% larger than the eggs they came out of. And then there's those long legs and necks. I just had no idea they grew so fast ..... and just so you know Texas_chick... OMG can they eat...... 10 chicks 2 quart jars of chick starter a day and they would probably eat twice that. I'm going to have to buy larger feeders already.
     
  6. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Holy cow! I was actually worried that the feed store only carried the big bags of starter feed and that it would lose nutrients before we could use it up ... [​IMG]

    So let me guess... that equates into a whole lot of poop?!
     
  7. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat sleep and make poop... lots of poop...So get a large bag of feed ( I was worried to) and a large bag of bedding. Even if you only have 5 or 10 chicks you'll go through it.
     
  8. Ec_Prokta

    Ec_Prokta Continuum Shift Anomaly

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  9. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am as shocked as you are! Mine are 2 1/2 weeks old, and there are 17 of them. I started with a 5-pound bag of feed and it lasted less than a week! Now I have a 25-pound bag and it's going fast... We already had to build them a new brooder because they're HUGE. Most of them can easily fly from the floor of the new brooder to the top edge and sit there...it's 2 feet tall [​IMG]
     
  10. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

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    i totally forgot to send you the memo. you can blame me. [​IMG]
     

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