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    Raising Baby Chicks

    Raising Baby Chicks

    Raising Tips: What to do When the Chicks Arrive.
    When your baby chicks arrive from the hatchery or your local feed store that may sell spring chicks there are some steps that need to take place in order for you to have a successful experience in raising your chicks into adult birds that will lay tons of fresh eggs, or provide plenty of good meat for your table.

    Many people will start out thinking there is nothing to raising chicks until they get some and find themselves with a very depressing experience in just a few days.

    So make sure your experience is a positive one and you have the knowledge it takes to raise healthy chicks.

    Important:   Make sure you are ordering your chicks from a very good hatchery with a good reputation.  Make sure they are breeding for the kinds of traits you are looking for.  Do not be afraid to call and ask questions.  This not only will help answer your questions it will also give you a good clue as to what the breeders experience and knowledge actually is.

    The brooding place is ready. All things are set. All you need are the chicks. Upon anticipating the day of their arrival, you must get yourself ready otherwise things will go out of hand. Here’s what to do when the chicks arrive. This will be very helpful to get your way through raising your own chickens.

    Tip 1

    If the chicks arrived from elsewhere, you have to examine them very well. They must arrive in a condition that is nowhere near “diseased”. If you noticed that the babies arrived in poor condition, you could let the postal employee inspect the shipment again. It is required that the employee certify the shipment arrive in good condition. Advise the proper authorities on what the problems are regarding the shipment for immediate action.

    Tip 2

    Before putting the babies inside, the brooder must have its proper temperature which is at least 90 degrees. Make sure the area is warm and maintain this for a week. You can reduce the temperature for 5 degrees every week that goes on for the first five weeks. After the first five weeks, the poultry will no longer require the heat supplemented. You have to keep in mind that there should be enough space where the chicks can move so that they can move freely either to or from the source of heat. This will be advisable especially during extreme temperatures.

    Tip 3

    Fill the fountains with fresh clean water with an additional half cup of sugar for every gallon filled. This will help boost the babies’ energy. It is not recommended to add any chemicals regardless of what advertisements tell you.

    Tip 4

    Mix fine grit with a ratio of 1:10. Fill the lids with feeds that will not be more than a quarter-inch. Then add the fine grit mixture then sprinkle a very generous amount of mixture or feed on top of the material that covers the litter.

    Tip 5

    Proper handling and sanitation must be practiced. This can prevent the spread of different kinds of oral or fecal transmission from fowl to person to person. Adults should provide proper guidance to their young ones about how to properly handle their poultry. Avoid bringing any poultry within the vicinity of your family space. Wash your hands and any part of your body that came in contact with the babies with water and a trustworthy soap.

    Tip 6

    A couple good feeds to start off with for your baby chicks is high protein DuMOR® Chick Starter 24%.  This feed is a complete crumble formula for starting out your chicks which have very high nutritional requirements early in life. Premium nutrition during this early stage of life will support strong skeletal growth, proper muscle development, beautiful feathering and will get birds off to a healthy start.  Purina Start & Grow which comes in either medicated or un-medicated form is another chick starter I have used that I am happy with. All baby chicks have the same protein requirements and only need differentiated feed once they become adults. Chicks need between 18 and 24% protein content in their food and commercially-prepared chick foods contain the right percentage. It is possible to make your own chick food but it is time consuming and has to be carefully balanced. Commercial feeds are the best choice for growing chicks. Do not feed any chicken pellets or crumbles that contain calcium. Calcium is needed only for laying hens when they start to lay and too much calcium can damage a young chick’s kidneys.

    Tip 7

    For starters, upon removal from the box, dip the animal’s beak into the water mixture to familiarize them where their feedings come from. Do the transferring one chick at a time. Be sure that the brooder is already warm enough for the baby to be placed.

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