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Your First Chicks
Complete Guide

   
CHICKS AND DAY 1 FRESH AIR & CHICKS
HOME MADE BROODERS PROPER FEED FOR CHICKS/CLEAN WATER
COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY CHICKS GROWING! STAGE / HENS / EGGS
SPACE FOR CHICKS PARASITE DIAGNOSIS

Chicken Check List: Things to have before you start
1) Heat Lamp

5) Bedding

Pine shavings, straw, pellets, even recycled materials are available commercially as bedding.
Cedar shavings contain harmful oils and should be avoided.
2) Thermometer
Temperature should be around 90 degrees F for the first week
In subsequent weeks drop the temperature by 5 degrees. Chicks that remain on the far side of the heat lamp are overheated, Chicks that huddle under the lamp are too cold. A thermometer will remove some of the guess work.
4) Feeder - canning Jar Type
3) Water
Several types are available. Because chickens naturally peck at red things, a waterer with a red base teaches the chicks where to get drink. It is better to sprinkle powdered vitamins and electrolytes in the food instead of putting them in the water. Vitamins and electrolytes in the water encourage bacteria to grow. Do not give too many vitamins and electrolytes, too much is just as harmful as too little.
Figure out how much to use by watching how much water your little flock drinks. If they drink 1/2 gallon in a day, sprinkle the vitamins for ½ gallon on one day's food.
Always change the water every day. Wash the waterer with soap and rinse completely. Add apple cider vinegar at the rate of 2 to 4 tablespoons per gallon. It is good for them and prevents bacteria from growing in the water. Keep the water in the coolest part of the brooder; it will stay fresh longer. Fill the base of the water-er with marbles; they prevent chicks from falling asleep and drowning. Wash the marbles every day.
6) Medicated Starter Crumbles
Chick Starter Medicated Crumbles: contains with Amprolium and Bacitracin
Protein 18%
Fat 3%
Fiber 4%
A complete feed designed to meet the needs of domestic birds from 0 to 8 weeks of age. Chick Starter contains Amprolium to prevent coccidiosis and Bacitracin to promote good gut health and prevent enteritis. Available in a crumble form to reduce waste and ensure every chick receives a balanced diet.
Try to stick with the same brand of feed throughout , until your chicks are ready to switch to grower crumbles
Chick Grower Crumbles
Protein 14.5%
Fat 3%
Fiber 4%
A complete grower feed designed to meet the needs of domestic birds from 8 to 18 weeks of age

7) BROODER
examples
one of BantyChickMom 's brooders

an old shipping box converted.


 

 

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