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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


COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY CHICKS
When content, well fed, supplied with proper heat, comfortable and happy chicks talk in a low-toned, contented "cheep". When chilly the chicks cheep in a tremulous voice, or in a shrill tone. Chicks that are uncomfortable because of damp litter, warmth, or hunger and thirst emit a rapid and high-pitched sound. Always investigate the brooder house when chicks become shrill and noisy.
The recommended brooding temperature for day-old chicks is 90 degrees F. Reduce this temperature about five to seven degrees each week until 70 degrees is reached--at the end of the third week. Heat from the brooder is not usually necessary after this unless a severe cold spell occurs soon after the brooder is removed or turned off. In this case, the brooders may need to be turned on again for a short time.
Sanitation is a must! Baby chicks that are expected to live and do well must be provided sanitary conditions. Wash the water's daily. Wet litter eventually produces a cold, damp house that invites disease. Be on the look out for potential health problems and care for your chicks asap.
Be sure the chicks have plenty of feed and water before them at all times. A complete chick starter feed is the only feed that chicks should receive until they are 6-weeks old. A "grower" or "finisher" feed is then fed to cockerels intended for slaughter, but pullets are fed a "developer" until they are 20-weeks of age. Later, laying hens are fed only a "layer" feed that contains all nutrients needed to maintain high egg production. Substituting grains for any portion of the layer feed will reduce the number of eggs produced.
The care you give your chicks during the brooding and raising period may determine how many chicks survive and how well the pullets will lay eggs.

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