Standard Chicks Care

Standard Chick Care
  1. Open box
  2. Place the chicks in the preheated brooder
    1. Floor temperature should read 100*F-101*F directly under the heating device
  3. Give plain water
    1. Temperature should be 98*F
  4. To get them to start drinking take a few of the heads and dip their beaks in the water
  5. Watch and check hours for the first several hours how the chicks are acting
    1. If they are crowding under the light it is too cold and will need to raise the temperature

                   i.      For heat lamps

  1. Lowering the lamp will increase the temperature

                  ii.      For Radiant heat

  1. Turn the temperature up
  2. If they are all up against the sides of the brooder it’s too warm and will need to lower the temperature

                    i.      For heat lamps

  1. Raise the lamp to lower the temperature

               ii.      For radiant heat

  1. Turn the temperature down
  2. When making, these changes do not make do dramatic of a change. Always do small incremental changes and check and regulate till the birds are evenly spread amongst the brooder meaning they are comfortable. Look at the figure below to see a rough diagram on what the chicks will look like at their comfort zone.
  3. Once the temperature has been regulated and all chicks seem comfortable. Then place the feed in with them but only in moderation and keep the waterer full at all times while there is feed being given to them. This will prevent them from choking on the feed.
  4. Always remember to never give any medication to your ducklings and goslings.
  5. After the first week, you can lower the temperature 5*F per week till the temp reaches 70*F but this is a rough estimate always go by the birds and how they look and act in the brooder.
  6. If there are signs of blood in the stools, weak and lethargic birds this could be signs of coccidiosis.
    1. If symptoms start place ½ cup apple cider vinegar in a quart of water and place in the pen for the chicks to drink. Make sure to re dip a few chicks beaks in the water to make sure they know where to drink.
    2. If symptoms continue to worsen please call us to better further assist you.


The diagram below is referencing a guide to controlling your brooder temp for comfort to your chicks.



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