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Title: New to chickens (what I'd do differently)
Post by: AllYouNeedIsLove on April 18, 2013, 08:16:17 PM
23 of the 26 chickens seem to be thriving - 2 are struggling a bit, and 1 died. I've just posted a new set of pictures in the new to chickens thread, but thought I'd reflect on the first four weeks and what I'd do differently.


Well, those are the things I'd do differently - I hope it helps!
Title: Re: New to chickens (what I'd do differently)
Post by: Rutger on April 18, 2013, 08:43:28 PM
This is only my 2nd year raising Cornish Cross chickens, but we leave them in the brooder till about 3 weeks. Mine are at 2 weeks now, and I add fresh shavings almost daily at this point to keep things clean and smelling good. I wait until 3 weeks because right now things are cold here at night and I worry that they will not handle the cold nights (Below 32 most nights still) well until they get there feathers in.

As for the garage, that is what we do. Instead of adding more lights, we put plywood roofs on top of our brooder boxes and used blankets to cover the gaps. The lamps hung in the boxes and we could get temps up to 95 in the brooder when the ambient temp was 20 degrees. Always easier to insulate than add more heat.

You know, I never thought of having extra heat lamp bulbs around...  what was I thinking? I will pick up an extra couple tomorrow. Bad survivalist, bad! ;D
Title: Re: New to chickens (what I'd do differently)
Post by: Zip on May 22, 2013, 10:20:18 AM
Good tips man.  I also kept the chicks inside too long.  I'm still dusting the office where we kept them and feel like I will never get all of the dust out.  I even had to take my computer apart and blow off all of the components to get the dust out.  We still have not decided where we will keep them next time.  Probably put them in a corner of the coop.