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 a few of the experts say, you’ll find many variances that still follow the basic rules.
Everything you need to know, step by step, to prepare for, and manage baby chicks. Research, have a plan, be prepared, and know what to expect; these four things will help ease your commitment, so there’s more time to enjoy your birds. Read Article
Raising chicks in a box somewhere in the house is not a very pleasant experience, at least after the first two weeks. Chicks are messy, and smelly if not constantly cleaned up after. This is difficult without a proper setup. Without the right tools for any job means working twice as hard, and raising chicks is no exception. Caring for and housing chicks shouldn’t feel like a chore. The planning, building, and improving your set-up is half the fun. Just like anything else, once a hobby becomes a job it’s just not fun anymore. After years of looking for an easier way to raise chicks on a budget, this is what I came up with. I had an 8×10 bare bones shed built with one window, two airflow vents, and a double door. Then the finishing was up to me, it took probably close to two years to afford everything. Today it has painted walls, a tile floor, electricity, and a custom-made brooder to accommodate 50 chicks comfortably. All my supplies are handy, and any mess sweeps right out the door. I actually enjoy spending time in my brooder shed. My cute chicks, a window fan, soft music, and a cup of coffee. That my friends is how to enjoy your birds!
Right at about two weeks old, baby chicks start knocking out the food in their feeders. It then ends up in the trash after they either poop on it, or we toss it when replacing shavings during our daily cleaning ritual.
Completely fed up with wasting feed, and money, I came up with this super easy solution. The chicks are still going to knock out their feed, that’s a given. But at least the feed can now be salvaged.
This feeder is merely resting on the bottom tray of an ordinary chicken drinker, raised to just a tad lower than the chick’s back. The feeder can be hung at any height, either way, the drinker base is a great catch-all for spilled feed. These chicks are two weeks old, as you can see they are not having any difficulty accessing their feed.