What did you wish you knew and did before your chicks grew up?

fushalilly

Songster
11 Years
Mar 9, 2008
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Im about to pick up my 2 week ols black sexlinks and Ive never done this before...

What should I do streight from the get-go? As in, how to handle them, talk to them, brood them, feed them (treats-wise) etc.?

Thanks!

Also, how are black sexlinks personality wise?
 

airmom1c05

Songster
11 Years
Feb 3, 2008
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Raymond, Mississippi
Patience, sweet talk, and TREATS! Fresh food and water, clean environment, and HOURS spent with them! I sit outside and watch mine for HOURS each day. They get treats about twice a week in the afternoon so I am certain their main diet is what they really need. You should see them come running in the afternoon for a bite or two of Romaine lettuce or a couple of chopped up seedless grapes. Once a month I give them a bite or two of Pepperjack cheese. If you can get them to eat out of your hand, you have made a good start. Often I offer them a little of their regular chicken food by hand because they don't seem to realize it's not a REAL treat!
I learned the hard way not to give them lots of treats all day. My layer got soft egg shells, and the poo got WAY too runny ALL of the time! Treats are their favorite thing, and moderation is so hard to practice.
 

CoyoteMagic

RIP ?-2014
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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I love my sexies. I have some RIR's but my sexies have better personalities. I have one I call "Broom-Hilda" that follows me all over the yard. Fussing all the way. I just open the backdoor and they start making noise and run to the fence. My reds are master escape artists.
 

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