Week by week chick growth! Helpful if you're unsure of age :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by farlo4, May 9, 2014.

  1. farlo4

    farlo4 Chirping

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    This is my first time raising chicks, so I took waaay to many pictures of them. It's turned out to be really fun because I can look back and see how they've grown. They grow FAST! I thought you all might enjoy seeing the change week by week (well, close to week by week). If you don't know the age of your chicks, maybe this will help? (Oh and I also had a couple of meat chickens, so when you see these huge ugly white things, that would be them. Just ignore them! xD)

    FYI, all photos were taken with my phone camera, so they aren't the best quality.


    Two or three days old:

    They are living in a cardboard box with a 60 watt white heat lamp and eating medicated chick starter.

    Not sure who's who, but we've got two Buff Orpingtons, one White Cochin Bantam, one Blue Andalusian, and another chick that we ended up losing. :( Oh and the meats.

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    One week old:

    Moved them to a dog kennel in the house with a 100 watt red heat lamp. Still eating medicated chick starter.

    Chickadee: Buff Orpington

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    Momo: White Cochin Bantam

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    Two weeks old:

    Moved the group out to the coop (no access to the run yet, locked up in the coop 24/7). Red light still on consistently. Switched their diet to non-medicated chick starter/grower so the medication would get out of the meat chickens making them safe to eat. Added electrolytes to their water.

    Left to right: Rose (we lost her, sadly), Mo, Chickadee, Shadow (Blue Andalusian), and Chickadoo (also Buff Orpington).

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    About 3 1/2 weeks:

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    About 4 1/2 weeks:

    First time exploring their run. They now have free access to the coop during the day. The red light is only on at night. Feeding is the same.

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    Mo is my favorite <3

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    Just a size comparison with the meat chickens who are the same age!

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    6 weeks old:

    They are now allowed to free range outside of the coop. They are locked up at night. The heat lamp is no longer used. Feeding is the same, except now they are eating less because they eat bugs and stuff when they free range.

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    6 1/2 weeks old:

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    7 1/2 weeks old:

    Now allowed to free range all day, but locked up at night. Same feeding routine.

    Chickadoo, the Buff Orpinton

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    Shadow, the Blue Andalusian.

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    Lo and behold Mo is a little Roo! (White Cochin Bantam)

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    8 1/2 weeks:

    No changes. Locked in the coop at night, free ranging during the day. The meat chickens are dead, so they've been switched back to medicated chick starter/grower. No longer using electrolytes.

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    And the present: 9 1/2 Weeks

    Mo's waddles are getting bigger and more red.

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    Hope you enjoyed :)
     
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  2. 3 of everything

    3 of everything Chirping

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    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Very sweet. So sorry about Rose.
     
  3. farlo4

    farlo4 Chirping

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    Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah Rose's death was extremely random... one minute she was perfectly healthy and the next she was dead. However, I got three more chicks a few days ago and I named one Rose after her.

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  4. flyladyrocks

    flyladyrocks Songster

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    Thanks so much for sharing! Since mine are just a week and a half this gives me a good idea of what to expect. I have 2 that we don't know what they are but I suspect Buff Orpington - and your pictures seem to be in line with my suspicions.

    I'm sorry about Rose too.
     
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  5. farlo4

    farlo4 Chirping

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    You're welcome. :) They are so cute when they are that little!

    Also, if anyone's interested, I'm going to add what I did with them each week regarding house, food, etc.
     
  6. PearlGrey

    PearlGrey In the Brooder

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    Thank you! This is my first time raising chicks, and I was looking around the internet for a chick growth chart. Unsuccessfully. But now we haz one![​IMG]
     
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  7. danegirl88

    danegirl88 In the Brooder

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    This is super helpful in determining how old my girls are! The farmer said between 4-6 weeks for a whole half barn-full of chicks, without specific dates for any of them, so it's been a bit of a guessing game for me. I think one of my gals is about a week ahead of the others, but this has been super helpful. Thanks so much!
     
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  8. faeryfire721

    faeryfire721 In the Brooder

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    Omg thank you for this! Been racking my brain trying to figure out how old my chicks are and this has me thinking they are about a week and a half!
     
  9. sjbtigger19

    sjbtigger19 In the Brooder

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    I'm a Photographer, and we just got 2 little bantam cochin chicks....so I'm going to take a photo a day of them, and create a growth chart, just for fun! That way people can have one! If you're interested, just message me, and I'll send you a copy of it when they're older. :)

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  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    One factor that needs to be taken into consideration, the rate that a chick will feather in at can be affected by environmental temps. Keeping chicks cooler, speeds up the feathering process. Keeping them too warm will delay feather growth.
     
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