How to Care for Baby Chicks
Baby chicks make great pets and are ideal for raising if you plan on being self sufficient. They're easy to care for, teaches kids valuable lessons, and once they grow up they help keep pests at bay in your garden.
If you have the space and decide to take the plunge then you need to be prepared for your new little pets. You were probably sold with the statement of how easy it is to take care of these little creatures. No matter if you buy your baby chickens, hatch them from eggs at home via an incubator or brooding hens, they do require some essentials.
What you will need for starting out:
- A place for them to call home. You will need a place for your chicks to live such as a brooder pen. Cardboard boxes make ideal brooder pens as they can trap heat inside, making it easier to maintain temperatures. A source of heat will be needed to maintain an average of 90 degrees the first week and then dropping by 5 degrees following weeks until you reach the outdoor temperature. If your chicks are under the watchful care of a "mother hen," temperature will not need to be monitored.
- Water and food. Chicks usually start out on a chick starter kit in medicated or non-medicated type. In addition, plenty of fresh water needs to be available all day. A waterer can help ensure this, but be sure to keep it clean.
- A watchful eye. Keep an eye out for any changes that may seem unusual or dangerous. If your chicks are not growing, if their features are minimal, and if they don't seem very active - it could be a sign of an unhealthy chick. A visit to the vet may be in order to ensure what your chick has is not contagious.
Little by little, your little chicks will grow up. By age five to six weeks they should have all their feathers and are ready to be moved from the brooder to a chicken coop. Be sure the chicken coop has all the necessary features and is cleaned regularly to ensure your chicks continue to grow.
Things To Watch Out For
As your chick grows, occasionally there may be unusual things that occur that may stump you.
Chickens have an area called a crop and they store feed in it to be digested.
Chickens love dust baths and so do baby chickens.
If your chick shows signs of "pasting up" (issues using the restroom), gently wipe their bums with a damp, warm paper towel.
- Chicks do not need to eat as soon as they hatch.
- Pecking order starts young.
- Chickens are social animals and enjoy being with others.
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