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Guidelines for Feeding Baby ChicksBaby chicks are like any other babies and need lots of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to help them grow up to be strong and healthy. This simple chart gives you the guidelines you need to ensure you're feeding your babies correctly. Hatch to 8 Weeks Old Your chicks will see their biggest growth spurt during this critical time.
Four More Diseases That Specifically Threaten New Chicks - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites By Jen Pitino Chicks lack immunity to a wide array of viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoal diseases that may be found around the world and at all times. Strong biosecurity measures are particularly important when caring for newly hatched chicks.
Hatchery vs Farm-Raised Heritage Chickens | Community Chickens I remember the first time I saw a Buff Orpington chicken. It was at the State Fair and the bird was MASSIVE! It was in a large display cage and took up most of the space allotted. I fell in love immediately and vowed that one day I would raise these giant chickens.
How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp? - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp? A holiday tradition is, thankfully, declining. Few pet stores sell baby chicks at Easter, and farm stores are reluctant.
A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms - Backyard PoultryWith so much talk about chicken illnesses this year, it's good to know what a sick chicken looks like, so we can try to help our feathered pets feel better quickly.
Mail Order Chicks: The How, Why and WhenIt's time to add some chicks to your backyard. Whether these are your very first baby chicks or you're adding to an existing flock, you have some choices to make before the big day. Beyond the "which breeds do I want" and "how many chicks do I want" questions, you also need to decide where to get your chicks.
How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp? - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp? A holiday tradition is, thankfully, declining. Few pet stores sell baby chicks at Easter, and farm stores are reluctant.
Pasty Butt in Chicks: Causes,Treatment & Prevention | The Chicken Chick® Pasty Butt also known as pasted vent and pasting up is a condition that occurs in baby chicks when droppings stick to the down surrounding their vent. Poop builds up to form a blockage that can be fatal to the chicken unless removed. Causes, treatment and prevention are discussed below.
How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp? - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp? A holiday tradition is, thankfully, declining. Few pet stores sell baby chicks at Easter, and farm stores are reluctant.
When Can Chicks Go Outside? - Backyard Poultry Add to Favorites Keeping brooders at optimal temperatures helps babies stay healthy. But when can chicks go outside? Hens will let offspring spend longer moments outside, as babies age. Wings develop and tufts form on tails. Then chests fill in. Eventually, babies have enough coverage that they no longer hide beneath wings to keep warm.
How To Tell the Sex of Baby Chicks - Backyard Poultry Whether at the feed store choosing day-old chicks or hatching our own, all of us would probably enjoy knowing how to tell the sex of baby chicks to determine which are cockerels and which are pullets as soon as possible.