Life can be overwhelming and scary for new baby chickens, that is why you and mother hen have to do all you can to make sure the babies are safe, warm and well-fed. The chicks have a lot of learning and exploring to do to grow into healthy, well-rounded chickens after all.
Keen to get your own chickens? One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is deciding if you want hens ready to lay eggs, pullets on point of lay (teenagers in chicken terms), chicks or fertile eggs to hatch yourself.
Getting your first baby chickens, either through hatching or buying, is a beautiful moment you probably have been looking forward to for months. Sometimes, unfortunately, the road to adulthood is not a smooth one and your babies can be facing some serious health problems. At least many health problems a chick might face can be rectified with the proper care and treatment if recognised early enough.
Embarking on the journey of raising baby chickens can be quite daunting. There are a few things to remember in the first few days of your little one’s lives. To make things a bit easier, we have made a list to help you so you can enjoy your little chickens without worrying too much about their care and health.
Raising chickens from scratch can be a very rewarding experience if you are properly prepared. You will get to experience how quickly they grow, their personalities and their behaviours. Their little peeps and cheeps will steal your heart.
You may be unaware, but baby chickens have rather a large number of unexpected dangers waiting around the corner. You as a new chick parent will have to take all these dangers into account and create a safe environment for your chicks to grow up in.
Your newborn baby chickens will spend their first 24 to 48 hours post-hatch, in the incubator drying and resting. Make sure that the brooder is ready for them before moving them. Your chicks will stay in the brooder until they are strong enough to face the world without needing a heat lamp.
Congratulations, you just got new baby chickens, but now what? The first thing you will have to do is make sure the brooder is preheated and then you wait.
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