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Raising Chicks
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JennNY    Posted 04-27-2004 at 21:12:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a question about chicks... We have chickens, but this is the first time I have gotten chicks. They are doing well, they are about 1 week old. The question I have is, when is it ok to put them outside? We live in NY and it is still a tad chilly, esp. right now. Though it is supposed to warm up to around 60-70 this week. I am just not sure when the appropriate time to move them outside is... Any advice would be great!! Thanks. Oh, also, these are layer chicks, our meat chicks come next week... is it the same for both?
Thanks again (from the greenhorn),
Jenn


E.G.HENDRICKSON    Posted 04-28-2004 at 04:03:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with Kelly. Your chicks should be fully
feathered, before they can handle the elements.
Its important that new chicks have medicated
chick starter,fresh water and heat. Without the
benefit of a mother hen to warm and protect them,
they are very delicate. Good luck and enjoy!


Bkeepr    Posted 04-28-2004 at 07:20:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I absolutely agree with everything *except* the recommendation for medicated feed, which I think is both unecessary and ill-advised.

Been raising chickens, turkeys, and now ducks for more than a few years and I think medicated feed is a bad idea. The medication is an antibiotic, and these should only be used when needed.

Use of low levels of anitbiotics is responsible for germs resistance when they're really needed. Chicks will do much better without the antibiotics because they'll develop natural immunities to germs early that'll keep them healthier throughout their lives.

Otherwise, I think the suggestions are right on. Good luck with your chicks!

Tom A


KellyGa    Posted 04-27-2004 at 21:23:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well...I am the chicken lady on here, LOL! Or so I like to think. I tend to go overboard with my chicks, they get bird toys in the brooder and lots of handling and cuddling. They have to stay under a heat lamp in a brooder right now. They need to stay at least 85 to 90 degrees the first week, and then take it down a degree each day after that until you have them at room temperature. I use a red light on them at night and a plant grow light on them during the day. I have buff orpingtons and speckled sussex. What do you have? :) I use an 85 watt red flood light, and a 65 watt grow light in a utility clamp type lamp. You can regulate the heat by using a bath towel to cover or uncover the brooder partially. I have pics in the photo gallery of my homemade brooder. Since you posted your email, I will send you some pics to give you some idea of how I am set up. :)


MT    Posted 03-03-2006 at 16:25:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree the medicated feed is a bad ideal if they are vaccinated.
I am not sure about how old they have to be to put them outside. mine are a week old and I'm going to put them outside. I'll let you know how it goes. I will also send you some pics.


MT    Posted 03-03-2006 at 16:25:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree the medicated feed is a bad ideal if they are vaccinated.
I am not sure about how old they have to be to put them outside. mine are a week old and I'm going to put them outside. I'll let you know how it goes. I will also send you some pics.


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