Tips on Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gotpotbellypig, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. gotpotbellypig

    gotpotbellypig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey ya"ll! I've raised chicks before and all but this year, I wanna do the best I can. Are there any tips about raising them? I wanna make this a good experience and have healthy flock. In the past, I took care of them but I'm not sure if I made them happy or if I could have done more for them. I care about my animals a lot so I wanna make sure their happy and healthy. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Give them plenty space in the brooder, allow 2sq foot per chick if you can.
    Hang the heat lamp so they have warm and cooler spots to hang out in.
    Hang a feather duster in the brooder for them to crawl under (not too close to the heat lamp!!) My chicks loved their feather duster "mom"
    Put some organic ACV (apple cider vinegar) in their drink water to prevent pasty butt.
    Start giving safe treats like meal worms and spinach when they are around 2 weeks old. And remember to give them grit when you feed treats.
    Spend time with them. Talk to them, play with them. Chicks like attention!
     
  3. gotpotbellypig

    gotpotbellypig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks so much! i think this year, im gonna give them more space. Thanks again!
     
  4. julieleonard

    julieleonard Out Of The Brooder

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    how much acv do you put into their water container and what is a feather duster mom?[​IMG]
     
  5. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I mix ACV I do 2 table spoons per gallon of water, some people to 1 table spoons. And you can buy the feather duster from like walmart, its like the kind the the french maids use in those ugly pinup photos!
     
  6. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    The feather duster is a great idea, never heard of it before. You could also feed your chicks yogurt as a treat, they love it and it has good stuff like probiotics in there for them. Also do not put ACV in a metal waterer, make sure its plastic. And if you dont have roost in your brooder yet, they enjoy those as well.
     
  7. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make them a small secure pen outdoors to give them a break from the brooder. Just not too long at a time to get chilled and make sure they are safe.
     
  8. gotpotbellypig

    gotpotbellypig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Smart! I'll try this
     
  9. ChickTucson

    ChickTucson Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, I would go sit on the grass with my baby chicks and let them play in the grass. They love the teeny bugs that we can't see. They told me that they had enough when they started trying to cuddle under my legs.
     

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