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BABY CHICK CARE SHEET

SPACE

Try to provide 1/2 SQR FT per chick at the start

FEED

Use a chick Starter/Grower.  Never let the chicks run out of feed. Adding chopped boiled egg on top of the feed gets the chicks off to a great start.  It is important to remove all un-eaten boiled eggs after a couple of hours. We don't recommend adding grit because the chick starter feed is formulated for what the chicks need to digest the feed. 

Chicks may stay on a full feed ration of chick starter/grower until  they are 18 weeks old or switched to a grow out feed formula at 4 to 6 weeks then to a lay pellet at 18wks.

WATER

Do not medicate first water. Use room temperature water.  Never let your chicks run out of water.

HEAT

We have found that using a drop light with reflector shield is a great source of heat.  Use a [75 - to - 250 watt bulb]

Use the wattage you like as long as the chicks are comfortable.  WARNING: Teflon coated light bulb fumes can be toxic to chicks/chickens be sure you DO NOT use Teflon coated bulbs with your chicks. 

Hang a reflector light from something secure so it will not come loose and drop down burning something or hurting the chicks.  The wattage of the bulb you are using will determine how high you will hang the reflector over the the chicks.  Chicks of 2-7 days of age should have an air temperature 1 inch off the floor of 95-98 degrees below the reflector light.  Lower or raise the reflector to achieve this temperature allowing plenty of space for the chicks to go to a cooler temperature in the bin. White bulbs are fine, but after 1-2 weeks red bulbs might work better to reduce feather picking.  A thermometer will help a lot to ensure that you have the proper comfort level for the chicks.  REDUCE the temperature 5 degrees per week until you reach 70 degrees.  They shouldn't need much heat after that.  Watch how the chicks act.  *See diagram at the bottom*

DRAFT SHIELD - Brooder

Use a bin or cardboard at least 12" high around the chicks.  A nice sized brooder 2ft x 3 or 4ft is perfect to start with.  More space needed with larger quantities...
They can jump, allow 18in to 24in height on brooder.  Always allow enough space for the chicks to get away from the heat source if it wants to.

LITER 

Large pine shavings make a great liter.  Rice hulls, straw or hey also make a great bedding. Put the liter all over the floor at least 1 to 2 inches thick.  On concrete floors use 3 to 5 inches of bedding. NEVER USE CEDER, Will make sick and even kill them.

LITER WARNING

  • Do not use cedar or cypress shavings as they are highly toxic to poultry.
  • Do not use small shavings or saw dust because the baby chicks learning to eat will eat it. 
  • Do not use sand as it will cause health problems.

 

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Use: Chick starter and grower crumbles have a minimum of 22% protein and are used to start out baby chicks. Use this formula for the whole 4 to 6-week grow out period. This feed can also be fed up to 18 weeks when your hens start laying eggs....

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The Duraflex Mason Jar Poultry Waterer Base makes hydration easy. Constructed of heavy-duty polyethylene, combine with the Little Giant 1-Quart Screw-On Feeder/Waterer Jar (OPTIONAL) to make a gravity-feed waterer for baby chicks and small birds.

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AFTER 4 WEEKS

  • Increase floor area to 3/4 SQR FT per chick
  • Increase feeders to provide 2 1/2 - 3 inches of space per chick.
  • Increase waters if needed.
  • Install roosts at back of brooder area.  Allow 4 inches per chick with roost poles 6 inches apart.
  • Open windows in day time.  Leave only partly open at night.
  • Prevent water puddles around founts/waterer.  Place waterer on a low wire platform.
  • Chicks can range outside on warm, sunny days, but only if clean range is available.

AFTER 6 TO 8 WEEKS

You can now introduce your chicks to their outside coop.  Take precautions if weather is not warm. 

In a few more months you will be enjoying fresh eggs.


SPECIAL SITUATIONS AFTER THE CHICKS ARRIVE HOME

If the chicks seem stressed or had a hard trip home.  Instead of using the standard feed and water suggestions above.  Try this:  Put a little or 1 TBS sugar in 1 quart of 100 degree water and shake well.  Add a little bit of this mixture to a very small amount of feed.  Stir and sprinkle it around the chicks.  Mix only right before using.  As they eat it mix some more in for them.  Never leave this mixture for more than a few hours as it will sour and cause health problems.

REAR END "PASTING UP": Sometime he chicks get stressed out on the drive home causing the manure to stick to the back end of the chick.  It is important to remove this daily.  Pull off gently, or even better, wash off with warm water and a cloth.  It will disappear in a few days after the chick starts to grow.  If chick/s continue to paste up or appear droopy add a sulfa type drug to their drinking water as directed on package.

SAFE HANDLING OF CHICKS

Children should always be supervised as they handle the chicks.  Make sure they don't put their hands or fingers in their mouth. 


ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WARM WATER AFTER HANDLING THE CHICKS.

If you have any questions or concerns,  We are always here to help, Please contact us.  Thank you!