How to Care For Baby Chickens

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You have no doubt seen the cute little fuzzy baby chickens offered at Easter. They are so cute and nearly irresistible. You hold them in your hand and they make chirping noises. How can you resist?
In case you’ve got the space and decide to take the plunge then you definitely need to be ready for your new little pets. You were probably sold with the statement of how easy it is to look after these little creatures. No matter if you purchase your baby chickens, hatch them out of eggs at home through an incubator or brooding hens, they do require some essentials.
A place to call home. In other words, a brooder, or cage, or holding box. If raising with a hen, I prefer a cage with a wire bottom so you have the ability to wash more frequently.
A source of heat. Maintaining temperatures of 90 degrees the first week and then dropping by 5 degrees following weeks until you get to the temperature outside. If they’re being raised with the mother hen, she takes care of the temperature for you.
Water and meals. Little chicks are usually started out on chick starter in the treated or non-medicated kind; and there are lots of brands available for you to choose from. If the waterer happens to be a rather large size where the chicks can stand in the water, some advocate putting marbles in it so the chicks won’t drown.
Some of the most significant amusement comes from watching these small chickens grow. Every day it seems there are changes in features, size, and feathers. By five to six months they should have all their feathers and are ready to be moved from the brooder.
Chickens have a place referred to as a crop and they store feed in it to be digested. It is found in the base of the chicken’s neck and lumps after the bird has eaten. Chickens do not have teeth and do not think; the food and grit get ground up by the crop.
Chickens love dust baths and so do baby chickens. You might see them lying in their feed (if the bowl is big enough) or at the shavings at the bottom of the brooder flopping around. This is the beginning of their bathing habits.
A rather common problem in newly hatched chicks is pasting up. The sign of pasting is droppings that stick to the chick’s back end until the vent gets glued shut. To ensure they don’t die from this, gently wipe their bums with a damp, warm paper towel. By the time your chicks are one week old, pasting up should no longer be a problem.
Chicks don’t need to eat as soon as they hatch. For the first two weeks of life they could survive on residual yoke, which is why newly hatched chicks have the ability to survive being shipped across the country.
Pecking order starts young. They start fluffing up flapping at each other and circling each other while the others gather around and watch. Looks like they are doing the tango but no, they’re determining who’s the boss and in what order. For day old chicks, line the bottom with paper towels for the first couple of days while they get their footing to help avoid leg issues. Then you can switch over to a few inches of pine shavings.
Chickens are social animals and enjoy being with others. Birds of a feather flock together.
Chickens are extremely addictive. With the entertainment they provide and the ease of caring for them, you will be ordering online or back in the store before you know it. A little time spent in preparation will be certain that your new first flock is an all around pleasant experience.

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