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how do you care for baby chicks?? 

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4 deviants said idk what to do pls help,,
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2 deviants said my grandfather bought 2 and now i have 2 poor baby chicks under my care
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1 deviant said does anyone here know how to care for baby chicks?

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MCwuffles Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student General Artist
Congrats on becoming a parent.
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SimplyDefault Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
being a mother is exhausting //dramatic pose
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Aryncoryn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student General Artist
Hi, I've been raising chickens for about 8 years now (with having to rear chicks on and off)-- so here are the basic things you'll need to think about!

~A heat source - You'll want a heat bulb specifically for this purpose; they should sell them at hardware stores (I believe) or at the rural-type stores mentioned later. To start with, have it hanging pretty low above their enclosure, sort of in the middle-- get a thermometer if you can, and put it at the bottom of their cage. If it reads 95 degrees Fahrenheit, you're good to go! 
Do note, though, to keep an eye on them with regards to heat. If they're all huddled in the middle, under the heat lamp, they're too cold; you could do to lower it some. If they're all at the edges and/or panting heavily, they're too hot; you can raise the heat lamp away from them.
My family and I had a couple of saw horses for doing this, with a plank of wood between them. We'd wrap the chord of the heat lamp around the plank so we could raise and lower it above the brooder ring/enclosure, and it'd always be at least towards the middle. Plus, it was really easy to adjust if there needed to be any adjustments made. x3 

~Food - As the previous comment mentioned, you can find chick feed at your local rural sort of store. ^^ If you have any Tractor Supply or Robinson's Feed in your area, for example, those are the sorts of places you'd want to go. There are usually two kinds of feed: medicated and regular. I always recommend medicated, since it helps prevent them from getting "pasty vent" (where they get diarrhoea and get it stuck to their bottoms ;v; ). It's a tad more expensive, but it really is worth it from what I've found.
You'll also want to start shallow with the feeding place-- nothing the chicks can't get to, of course. It'll probably get pretty messy, too, so keep that in mind; even at this age, they love to scratch around, and they'll probably scratch feed into their bedding and bedding into their feed.
As a final note, you'll want to keep them on the chick feed for about 18 weeks-- then, you can switch them over to normal chicken food (which is either lay pellets/crumbles in combination with cracked corn and milo for hens, or just the cracked corn and milo for roosters, since they don't need the extra calcium that comes from the lay pellets/crumbles)

~Water - Depending on the size of your chicks, this can be pretty basic-- you'll want something shallow that they can get water from but can't drown themselves in, basically. If you have very small chicks, you might want to put some sanitized rocks or marbles (or those melted marbles you can find at craft stores) at the bottom of their water dish, so if they fall in they won't go under.

~A safe place to live - They'll need a place where they can't get out and other things can't get in. It should be large enough to ensure that food and water aren't all right under the heat lamp, but it should also be small enough so they can all find their way back to the heat lamp (so basically, not an entire room). You don't want their food or their water to get too hot or to be somewhere that might get too hot for them (depending on your heat lamp)

~Bedding - The best bedding would be wood shavings, as the previous commenter mentioned. ^^ Nothing too fine like sawdust, though, since you don't want it to get into their airways! And newspaper is okay for a very temporary thing, but they should really only have shavings if possible-- they can get splay-legged from newspapers.


For more information, this source is pretty good: www.mypetchicken.com/backyard-…

(though for some of the things, like grit and roosting poles, you'll want to wait until they're a little older-- for the grit especially, since they're basically just eating mush for a while there, and they won't need it for the first couple of weeks of their life. x3)


And if you have any follow-up questions, you're more than welcome to ask me! <3 I love chickens, and I hope your babies do well! ^^
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SimplyDefault Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
OMG TYSSM FOR THIS <3 your so kind to have offered all these words of wisdom i weep ; o ;
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Aryncoryn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Student General Artist
Ahh, it's no problem of course! <3 I hope they're doing well-- the first time owning chickens is always the most stressful, but once you get it, it sort of becomes second nature. ^^ Good luck, and let me know if you need any more help of course! x3
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yamiivix Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I was about to write up a whole long comment, and someone already did! (someone with way more knowledge than me!! x3)
This is all super good advice and information. One thing I also have come to learn is that if you get confused or want to know more about something in regards to their care, never settle for information from a single source!! If you're looking online on google or whatnot, make sure you consult at least two or three of the search options, because different people give different advice, and you may find good advice for your particular situation on a different web page c:

I've never raised baby chicks myself, but I went to an agricultural and technical high school, and we always had baby farm animals, as well as several reptiles, rodents, horses, birds, etc right on campus~ So I learned a decent amount from my time there xD
They're quite the responsibility but oh gosh are they cute. I hope you raise a happy and healthy little family! <3
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SimplyDefault Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
TYSM for this! I’m so happy people are actually taking the time to write these up!
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yamiivix Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
of course! ^u^
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Knightenly Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I got simple basic knowledge from my dad having baby chicks for turkeys and chickens.

However google can help too.

But like they need a lamp for heat, a feeder and water obviously. Theres special chick feed i believe you can get at most rural style stores / farm supply stores.
They need shavings for bedding that you can easily clean and a safe cage or container that they cant escape from and predators cant get into.

Do not bathe them. Theyre too little.
When theyre older as chickens they sorta bathe in ash.
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SimplyDefault Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Thank you for the info <33 I will warn my siblings not to bathe them!
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