Various aged chicks - help please

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kiwiegg, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. Today is the day! We picked out chicks up from the hatchery this morning and I have a couple of questions if anyone can help. I'm not sure exactly how old the chicks are but the hatchery guy told me most were 5-8 days. The 9 Gold Stars are pretty big and already have some feathers growing, so are the 5 Americanas - I guess about the size of an orange. The 3 Buffs are younger and about half the size of the others. It was a 90 minute drive and they are all doing well in their new brooder together.

    I am wondering what I need to do for the older ones so they don't get bored and start pecking? They ate like crazy for the first hour they got here and are now settling down, some are sitting down grooming, some are trying to sleep and others are still at the buffet line gorging themselves.

    When do they get treats? What can I give for treats? Some are pecking in the pine shavings and scratching with their legs in the pine shavings.

    Should I just leave them be?
     
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  2. cabinonalake

    cabinonalake Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave squished up canned peas at 7 days old and put some grit in their food to help "chew" it. At 10 days our chicks started to go outside to forage in the yard... Now at 12 days they're getting hard to catch!
     
  3. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. cabinonalake

    cabinonalake Out Of The Brooder

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    the bigger ones have about as many feathers as my 12 day olds, so I'd guess about 2 weeks. the others look the same as mine did around a week as well. Have fun with them!
     
  5. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks - we love them! I guess I should get the older ones out to the coop in a couple of weeks if their feathers are in and it's not too cold? Could I have issues where the little ones are treated as outsiders if they move out to the coop later than the older gals?
     
  6. cabinonalake

    cabinonalake Out Of The Brooder

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    Im a newbie, I only have the two chicks right now and am getting 10 more and 5 ducks may21st. I think we will probably move the first two out to the coop fairly soon as their in the garage now and they've done fine with temps from 40-70 degrees, and probably colder in the mid of night (live in Maine). as far as putting the new and older chicks together I figure they will figure out a pecking order anyway... if the first meet is too terrible we'll just have to figure something else out.. I'm really not too much help there..
     

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