Basically the rules are the same. But that doesn’t mean there’s only one way to raise chicks. Maybe you’re looking for creative ideas, solutions, or have a unique situation to address.
Here’s what some of the experts say, you’ll find many variances that still follow the basic rules.
TSC | How to Care for New Baby Chicks
Set up a brooding area. When raising just a few chicks (30 or less) use a large box with walls at least 18-inches high and place the box in a safe area away from drafts and household pets. Use a screen or a towel to cover the box. For larger numbers, a metal stock tank can used in an enclosed, draft free outbuilding… Continue Reading
My Pet Chicken | Caring for Baby Chicks
Baby chicks require constant care and monitoring, so make sure your schedule is clear for the first 4 weeks! Don’t plan on vacations or even day trips unless you have a seasoned baby chick pro on standby. Make sure you or a member of your family are available to check on them at least 5 times a day… Continue Reading
Raising Baby Chicks
Ideal Poultry | Care Tips for Baby Poultry
A variety of products can be used for initial brooding to provide a draft free environment. Most commonly used is a 12- to 18-inch high cardboard brooder ring formed around the brooding area. A circle five feet in diameter is needed for 50 chicks. Increase the size of the ring proportionately to the added number of chicks to be started… Continue Reading
The Chicken Chick | Baby Chick Basics
Murray McMurray | Chick Care Tips
Poultry Need: Feed, Water, Heat, Light & Space.
FEED: Use a commercial chick starter for the first 8 weeks. On the first day cover the litter with newspaper and spread some feed on the papers and have your feeders full also. This will allow the new birds to find the feed. Use a 2 foot feeder for each 25 chicks… Continue Reading
Cackle Hatchery | The Care of Baby Chicks
The Old Farmer’s Almanac | Raising Chickens 101: Bring Up Baby Chicks
UrbanChickens.com | Raising Baby Chicks
Backyard Chickens | How To Raise Baby Chicks – The First 60 Days Of Raising Baby Chickens
All the basics are addressed in these videos. Good information on housing, feeding, and egg handling. Have a look, then decide if chicken keeping is for you.
Backyard chickens can be fun, but without a proper set-up, keeping just a few hens can become a big headache. Avoid mistakes right from the start. Build it right… because in the end, you’ll pay for it anyway.
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Read article Part 1 | Part 2 , these coops will make you want to turn your dream into a reality!
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A place just for them keeps peace among the flock. Here’s the set-up I have to help keep it all organized.
Funny thing about chicken coops, no matter how big we build them, they always end up being too small. Here at TBN Ranch we keep expanding, so rather than admit I can’t afford to build a giant elaborate chicken operation, we add-on. I prefer to call these add-ons chicken condos, where they are quickly multiplying in our large fully covered, partially enclosed shedrow barn.
There’s a young man here in town that builds quality custom coops, and a little at a time I’m able to expand my set-up. I had another coop delivered today, this will almost complete my plans for the young birds, broody hens, and hatching area.
Now I have to get busy finishing my sale/quarantine pen on the other side of the property. I decided to minimize any health risks that could be introduced to my flocks by chicken owners visiting the farm to buy birds.
Chickens are incredibly adaptable to almost any living condition. They are hardy in inclement weather, require few amenities, no luxuries, and will thrive in modest accommodations with gratitude.
It’s amazing how little chickens really need. But, my hens have proved me guilty of not practicing what I preach. I didn’t really learn this valuable piece of information until our farm was recently hit by a massive storm, destroying our chicken housing.
Chickens have been around for thousands of years, I knew that, and without anyone endlessly fussing over them either… I knew that too! They’ll eat whatever you give them, and are smart enough to find their own groceries if given the opportunity. Chickens also have a built in GPS system! Like clockwork, they will always return home every night at dusk to roost… once again, I knew that! But regardless, I still searched for my feathered lost storm victims in the middle of the night.
I’ve spent years trying to make my chicken yards the ideal environment to assure a healthy and productive flock. Well, since the storm from hell flattened the chicken palace, my hens are living in primitive shambles… and are egg laying machines. More than ever!
It’s hot (107 degrees) and there’s no longer electric available to run their fan. Do they care? No! They are too busy taking dust baths and foraging through the rubble for whatever eatable prize they might find. If they had chicken lips I’m sure they would be in a constant state of smile.
I may have been forced into this situation of what feels like chicken neglect, but as it turns out, my hens might be better off not having me as an overprotective mother hen. They have proved to me they are not only capable, but willing to accept things as they are… gracefully.
Bottom line, happy hens fill the egg basket… point taken girls.
Did you know Silkies are classified as fair layers… really?