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Your first chicks
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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


Homemade Brooders
GETTING STARTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH CHICKS
Everything should be ready for your chicks. clean, dry house; clean equipment; brooder temperature adjusted properly; water-ers and feeders filled; the floor covered with clean, dry litter; and the chick guard in place. You are now ready to place the chicks under the brooder.
Chicks that are either chilled or overheated get off to a slow start. Be sure that they do not get too cold or too hot. A chick guard is used only during the first 3-4 days to teach the chicks where the heat is located. It should be removed by the seventh day of brooding.
When the chicks arrive, gently lift them from the box and place them under the warm brooder.
Baby chicks must have plenty of feed and water immediately after being placed under the brooder. Dip the beaks of about five chicks into the water. This helps them locate the water sooner.
Place several small piles of chick starter feed on egg flats or 12"x12" squares of paper and place near the water. The piles of feed encourage the chicks to eat at an early age. Small feeders are placed in the brooding area on the second day to reduce feed wastage. The egg flats and paper are removed when the chicks are five days of age or are seen eating from the feeders.
Fruit Jar Feeder for chicks

small water container great for chicks

Disease can quickly spread if chicks are allowed to eat contaminated feed and water. Check daily to see if dirt, litter or manure is present in the feed. If small amounts of contaminants are present, they can be screened or picked out. Otherwise, replace the contaminated feed with fresh, clean feed. A major cause of disease is unclean feed and water sources.
Do not let the feed or feed troughs become wet. If feeders must be washed, make sure they are completely dry before adding feed. All water's must be emptied, scrubbed with a brush or rag, rinsed, and refilled with fresh water on a daily basis.
The first few days of a chick's life are the most critical, so be careful. Pay attention to providing for the basic needs of the chicks and you will be rewarded.
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