|In the box, in the car, going home.|
|In the box, in the car, going home, closer view.|
|Crested Polish, I love the "feathered hat."|
|Brahma, note feathered legs and feet.|
|Barred Rock, She is not sure what is going on.|
|Brown Crested Polish.|
- Use a heat lamp for warmth
- Need to change the water frequently–They tend to make a mess in it.
- Handle them frequently–after washing hands first. By handling them, if they ever have an injury or another reason to pick them up they won't try as hard to get away because they will be used to the handling.
- Do not let anyone sick around them. Chicks can catch viruses from humans.
- Change bedding frequently–To keep the smell down and keep the chicks from getting sick.
- Examine their backsides daily to ensure their vents are not clogged with poo. If you see dry poo, use a soft cloth dampened with warm water to remove it.
- Use a medicated feed for the recommended time to ensure they stay healthy.
- Keep drafts from blowing on them, to prevent them from getting sick.
Things we have learned and are doing now:
- Use a red 250 watt heat bulb, it keeps the birds warmer and helps them sleep better.
- The sex of some breeds of day old chicks can't be determined. Such is the case with our Crested Polish. We may have future roosters.
- Use newspaper in the bottom of your container to absorb wetness and decrease smell.
- Drill holes in the container along the bottom walls to help circulate air to decrease the smell.
- Muscovey Ducks; we have two Muscovies; they do not like baby chicks and will probably kill them if given a chance. We have our chicks in the bathroom to ensure their safety. Plus, they are close enough for me to cuddle.