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Wait... how old do they stay?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickenuser, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. Chickenuser

    Chickenuser Out Of The Brooder

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    My little chicks are not so little anymore. I may sound like an idiot, but I know they have to stay for one month or until feathers grow.
    But what do the feathers look like? My chicks are still balding and are 3 1/2 weeks old. How do I know if they are ready? They are starting to outgrow their brooder and I don't have a bigger one and it is too cold for them to go outside.
    What do I do?[​IMG]
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  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Get a bigger brooder...?
     
  3. Chickenuser

    Chickenuser Out Of The Brooder

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    4-h project.
    Broke. No money. No dough. Need something at home.[​IMG]
     
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Doesn't have to be expensive, a bigger cardboard box, maybe a screen top, heat lamp, pine shavings, starter feed and water.
     
  5. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I moved my chicks into a dog crate. No reason to go spend money when they're only going to be in it for a short time. Look around the house...if your a junk collector like me, you'll find something. [​IMG]
     
  6. Chickenuser

    Chickenuser Out Of The Brooder

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    Munhen:
    My dad said we would not have a heat lamp on a card board box. "it's a fire hazard"
    Plus, I don't have one bigger than the 3x5 metal container I have them in now.
    :thun
    I looked MoonGoddess, but I will look again.
    Thanks for all your help!
     
  7. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use a large rubbermaid bin. Ask a friend or relative for a bigger box or bin. You can do it! I have a heat lamp attached to a rubbermaid bin and it works great. Or clip it to something that is sturdy and have it above it. I had my lamp clipped to an open drawer in the bathroom and it was sturdy. Worked great. Good Luck
     
  8. chickenranchwife

    chickenranchwife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you live in city or country? Do you have access to a bigger water tank? They work great! Easy to clean too!Good luck chickenuser.
     
  9. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how many chicks are you trying to house?
     
  10. Chickenuser

    Chickenuser Out Of The Brooder

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    I am housing 19 pullets at 3.5 weeks.
    I am in the country, 2 acres, I have them in a water feeder now. [​IMG]
    I will try it.
     

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