A fresh flock of chicks require special care during the first 12 weeks of life and knowing a few quick tips will help you get them off to a great start.
Tender loving care is easy to provide the lemony-colored and impossibly soft arrivals but aside from your natural instinct, chicks have three basic needs that should be available to them at all times:
Water is the most important nutrient. Poultry should have free access to clean, fresh water at all times. When starting day-old birds or after moving or transporting birds, give access to water before placing feed in the feeders. Water consumption will be 3 times as high when temperatures reach 100° F as compared to 50° F weather.
To make room for everyone, provide the following drinking space:
First 4 days (per two brooders): 8 one-gallon founts, plus 1 automatic waterer.
Five days through 12 weeks: 36 linear inches of water trough space for each 100 birds.
Water and feed are like a chicken and an egg: you can’t have one without the other.
Proper feeding encourages water intake, and access to clean, fresh water leads to feed digestibility. Hubbard Life offers feeds with natural grains and proteins balanced with vitamins and minerals to encourage optimum growth and performance. Formulated without any antibiotics, animal proteins and fats, these feeds are the wholesome way to provide excellent nutrition to your flock.
Allow 180 linear inches of hopper feeder space per 100 chicks, one day old through the 12th week (15 large hanging feeders or 20 small hanging feeders per thousand chicks).
Do not allow feeders to run empty or stale feed to accumulate.
Never feed any feedstuffs that are moldy, musty or suspect in any way.
Providing a warm environment to grow during the first 12 weeks of a chick’s life will enhance the experience and development of your feathered friend.
As a general rule, provide 1 square foot of floor space per chick, one day old through the 12th week.
Lights and Lamps:
All-night lights, equivalent to 15 watts per 200 square feet of floor space, will help prevent piling. Use dim lights for one to three weeks only.
Minimum room temperature should be 65 degrees F for the first two weeks. However, supplemental heat should be provided when chicks arrive. Temperature under the hover should be 90 degrees F. Decrease heat as chicks get older.
Posted on 9/26/2011 by Dr. Doug Pamp | Category: Poultry
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