Care For and Raise Your Own

Chicken, Baby Chick, Yellow Chicken
You have no doubt seen the cute little fuzzy baby chickens offered at Easter. They’re so cute and nearly irresistible. How do you resist?
In case you’ve got the space and opt to take the plunge then you definitely want to get ready for your new small pets. You’re probably sold with the announcement of how easy it’s 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 need a few essentials.
A place to call home. To put it differently, a brooder, or crate, or holding box. If raising with a hen, I favor a cage with a wire bottom so that you have the ability to wash more frequently.
A source of warmth. Maintaining temperatures of 90 degrees the first week and then dropping by 5 levels following weeks until you get to the temperature outside. If they’re being raised with the mother hen, she handles the temperature for you.
Water and meals. Little girls are often started out on chick starter from the treated or non-medicated kind; and there are lots of brands out there for you to choose from. If the waterer happens to be a rather large size where the girls 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 characteristics, size, and feathers. By five to six months they should have all their feathers and are ready to be transferred from the brooder.
Chickens have a place referred to as a harvest and they store feed in it to be digested. It’s found in the bottom 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. You may 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 start of their bathing habits.
A rather common problem in newly hatched chicks is pasting up. The indication of gluing is droppings that adhere to the chick’s back end until the port gets glued shut. To ensure they don’t die from this, gently wipe their bums with a moist, warm paper towel. By the time your girls are just one week old, pasting up if no more be an issue.
Chicks don’t need to eat once they hatch. For the first two weeks of life they could survive on residual yoke, and that’s why newly hatched chicks have the ability to survive being shipped throughout the nation. They start fluffing up flapping at one another and circling each other while the others gather around and watch. Looks like they do the tango but no, they’re determining who’s the boss and in what sequence. For day old chicks, line the floor with paper towels to 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 other people.
Chickens are extremely addictive. With the entertainment they provide and the ease of caring for them, you’ll be ordering online or back in the shop before you know it. A little time spent in preparation will be certain that your new flock is an all around pleasant experience.

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