Spring is just around the corner and many are considering buying baby chicks for their kids. Raising Chickens is relatively easy but there are a few things to consider before you bring those little fluff balls home.
Where will you keep the chicks? What will you feed them? When can they sleep out side?
A Brooder to keep them warm & safe…
Baby chicks get cold quickly and require warmth. When I say warmth I mean starting in the high 80’s. Also chickens are curious even at a young age and can get lost quite easily so a brooder will solve both these issues.
We made a homemade brooder out of my son’s old toy box. Here are the supplies needed for this type of brooder.
- Toy Box
- Light Warmer
- Wire Netting
- 4 bolts
- 4 wing nuts
- Pine Shavings
We kept our little chicks in an open closet where the heater light could hang and be adjusted. See they are completely happy.
Be sure to change the pine shavings every couple of days. If the pine shavings gets wet you will need to change it sooner. Anytime after that you will come home to a house that smells like a farm.
Food to help them grow healthy
Buy a large bag of grower feed. Mine lasted until it was time to switch their next stage of food.
Supply them with fresh water often. I was surprised at the amount of water chickens drink. Make sure it is a safe container so they don’t drown.
Hold and Love them
Two of our littles chicks cried at night for lovin. Nothing would quit them other then being in my hands.
See that is not too bad. If your deciding on get baby chicks consider the above.