Anyone Can Raise Chickens

You can start baby chicks off right by following this expert advice.



silkie hen, silkie broody
This breed of chicken, a silkie, is known to have a strong instinct to hatch eggs.
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new chick, hatching chick
Newly hatched chicks can survive up to three days without food or water.
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homemade brooder
A metal stock tank provides a sturdy, draft-free environment for chicks.
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variety of chicks, chicks
Whether you buy chicks from a hatchery or buy eggs for your hens to hatch, you can find a breed that suits your needs.
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goslings, geese on pasture
Moving a brood (in this case, geese) to pasture will give them a healthy start.
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mother hen, baby chicks
Letting mother hens do the work will make raising chicks easy.
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brooding chicks, brooder
Commercial brooders usually include a device to regulate temperature automatically.
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chicks, brooder, heat lamp
Observe chicks’ behavior to see if they’re too warm or cold. These chicks are comfortable.
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broody hen, mother hen
Hens that are incubating eggs must be isolated from the rest of the flock, but can return shortly after the chicks hatch.
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Chicks eat from feeder
Always use a small poultry waterer to prevent the chicks from getting wet.
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gosling, goose
Expect a warning peck (or hiss from a goose) if you get too close to a mother bird with babies!
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