We got our chicks!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alishka02, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. alishka02

    alishka02 Chirping

    Mar 3, 2015
    Pittsburgh, PA
    So we got our chicks last night! So excited. We got 3 Buffs and 3 Barred Rocks. We had our heat lamp on and first thing this morning it went out. Is this normal?? Shouldn't the bulbs last longer than one day!!? Wondering if we had a faulty bulb.
    Also, I noticed one of the buffs looks to be about 1 week old - whereas the others are a couple days old. It already has it feathers growing in on it's wings and starting to grow a little tail. Should we put this one in a larger box or leave it with the others? I know once they get to be a week or two old they tend to move a little bit away from the heat whereas the others will still need it.
  2. nikkers390

    nikkers390 Songster

    Leave them together just make sure there is enough room in the brooder for the the chicks to get away from the heat lamp if they are too hot. They will find a temperature they are most comfortable in.
    Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. Welcome to BYC!! I'm so glad you joined the flock!! [​IMG]

    If you have any questions feel free to PM me!!

  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    No, heat lamps don't usually go out so quickly. Mine have always lasted for several months.

    If the chicks are all getting along with each other, I would just leave the older chick in with the younger ones. It will move away from the heat if it gets too hot.

    Good luck with your chicks!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    Congratulations on the new chicks! If all the birds are getting along (even the older one), I'd leave them all together.
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us.

    I have 3 BO and 3 BR as well.

    If you still have the receipt on the lamp, try to take it back, they should last a long time.

    Totally agree to leave them together, one week won't make a difference, and letting them stay together will solidify your flock.

    Good luck with your new babies.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree leave the chicks together - make sure your brooder is large enough to accomdate them as they grow. They will also try flying out of the brooder and some won't be able to find their way back. It's a good idea to put a wire top on the brooder to keep chicks in and house pets etc. OUT. Generally chicks are not ready to give up the heat lamp until they are fully feathered out.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Congrats on the chicks! My heat lamps usually last for a very long time.

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