Electrolytes for chicks?
(No. Calif )
I have 6, 15 day old chicks. I have been putting electrolytes in their water and offering plain water as well.
How long should I provide them with the medicated water? They drink both, but seem to prefer the one with electrolytes.
Baby chick smells sweet, is it a problem?
One of my baby chicks has a smell to her. The smell is sweet and not horrible but not good either.
The best I can describe it, is like sweet corn. The other 8 don't have a smell. She eats/ drinks well and behaves well. Help me!
Wry neck - preparing for the worst.
by Haley Durnin
(Tacoma, Washington, USA)
My name is Haley, I am 21 and finally have been able to have my very own chickens. I have a beautiful flock of 4, one of whom is my 3 week old silkie, Shilo. I believe she has wry neck, as of 24 hours ago. I have been treating her, and I am trying to keep my hopes up high.
I just watched your video on the sudden death of your roo, and I just wanted to say thank you.
Thank you for having as much sympathy in death for these chickens in death as you would an other living creature.
I got Shilo at 3 days old, and in just that short span of time she has become my baby. She was the first chick I got before her sibling came a few hours later.
I'm heartbroken about the whole situation, and I know I may have to prepare myself for the eventuality that she may not make it.
But seeing somebody have the same emotion I do towards her to their chickens makes me feel so much better.
I already got the "just get another chick". And not everybody realizes that can tear your heart right open.
I just wanted to say thank you. You have helped me tremendously with this site and all the information. I won't give up on my little girl.
Brooder box, stage 2
by Karen Ashley
I saw the great article about the stage 1 brooder box. There were suggestions with what to use for the box as well as what to put in it.
I was hoping to find an article about the stage 2 brooder box but I have searched the site and haven't found much on that topic. There is so much great information on this site, that it is possible I just missed it.
Please give some suggestions for the stage 2 brooder box. I don't know how tall the walls need to be. I don't want to risk my little peepers escaping or injuring themselves if/ when they try to go over the top.
Any help you can provide will be much appreciated.
When can chick go outside?
We got chicks from an incubation programme at the nursery I work at and we have kept 3 of the chicks.
They are now 5 weeks old.
When are they ready to go outside as they are too big in the inside box we have them in.
They are well feathered.
Can you hold a baby chick too much?
I had a 4wk old baby chick and she passed away after only having her 1 night. I was just wondering if me holding her constantly could have been the cause of her passing?
Helping weak chicks
by Wendy Martin
(Ponce de leon fl)
I have purchased several different chicks this year, and one breed in particular seems to be weak. They are Vorworks.
My guess is the parent stock has issues or is unfortunately raised on gmo’s.
How can I help them gain strength? I have lost 4 over a 6 week period.