Bringing up baby chicks

March 24, 2017

 Tending to young chicks isn't to difficult, nor need it be. As well as Frontier Mills Chick Starter and clean water, they need a draft-free border pen with a red brooder lamp on at all times. This keeps the temperature at 92 degrees at 2 inches above the floor. (It also reduces picking and cannibalism among chicks.) When the chicks have feathered out, reduce the temperature by 5 degrees per week until they are 6 weeks old, then switch there feed from Frontier Mills Chick Starter to Frontier Mills 16% Laying Mash.


Tips for a Happy Coop


Young chicks need to be close to water and food at all times, It helps to lay feed on newspaper and have the troughs full as well. In a couple of days the chicks will be successfully eating only from troughs.


Always use red bulbs; injury doesn't show under red light. Under white light, any bloody spot immediately attracts pecking. Chicks will cheerfully and efficiently peck each other to death.


Block corners of the pen with cardboard to make wider angles that are harder for chicks to pack up in. (You could also make a circular pen.) This prevents suffocation.


Ensure waterers are shallow and cleaned daily to avoid having your chicks drown. I recommend one gallon waterer for every 100 chicks. When the chicks become pullets, I use one waterer for every 6 to 8 chickens and a feed trough long enough to accommodate all of them at once.


Check back and we will be talking about pullet care.


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