Baby Chicks are now in the store. Come in early for the best selection.
- Keep the cages clean, change the food and water daily.
- Carefully and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling anything in the chick’s environment.
- Know the warning signs of infections and chick diseases.
- Clean and disinfect the brooder facility and feeders a week before the chicks arrive.
- Cover the floor with clean bedding and allow it to become heated before introducing the chicks to the area.
- Woods shavings that are not too fine work well for bedding.
- The housing area needs to be dry, draft free, mold-free and and safe from predators.
- Separate new chickens from your current flock to prevent spread of disease.
- Provide 1 square foot of floor space or each chick.
- Clean fresh water must be provided to chicks at all times.
- Provide two, one-gallon automatic watering jugs for every 100 chicks.
- Check the watering devices frequently to ensure clean water is always available.
- Clean, disinfect, and re-fill the watering jugs before the water is entirely depleted.
- For the first week of life the temperature should be kept at 90°F
- A heat lamp should be placed 18” above the floor. Place a thermometer 2”above the floor to test the temperature.
- If chicks are crowding the heat source or peeping loudly, they are cold and need more heat!
- If chicks crowd the outside of the heated area it is too hot!
- Reduce the temperature by 5°F each week for the next 5 weeks.