Day Old Chicks

Please note, this post is from my old blog and was written in October 2013.  I have made edits in Italics.

Right now, we have 5 chickens that were born in the beginning of June.  So they are just under 5 months old.  we have three Easter Eggers, a Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Jersey Giant (who we now believe is a Black Australorp).  The Jersey Giant is my favorite, so I named her Betty. We also named the Silver Laced Wyandotte Psycho.  Well, she actually named herself through her crazy actions.

They are still not producing eggs, but when they do we probably will not be getting enough eggs.  So we decided to beef up our stock.  We received them two days ago.  We ordered 2 Dominiques, 2 Jersey Giants(again, they turned out to be Black Australorps), 2 Fayoumis and one White Sultan (she died of unknown causes).  The White Sultan is really good at nothing except for looking pretty.  So that is our chicken that is strictly a pet.

The first thing we did was set up their brooder. This is the place they are going to live for the next 5 weeks or more, depending on weather.  The brooder is an old wading pool I found in the garbage.  The wading pool is especially good because is has no corners for them to get piled up in.  We hung a heat lamp from the ceiling.  My husband used to have many snakes (yuck – we still have one), this is one of his left over heat lamps. And a feeder and a waterer we bought from Tractor Supply.  We used pine shavings for bedding, as the acidity neutralizes their stinkiness, and Chris built a simple roost for them out of 2×4’s, as seen in later pictures.


I picked the girls up from the Post Office, and brought them straight home.  Upon opening the box they came in, we saw one of our chicks had died.  These things happen when you have living things, but it is never fun.  We think it was one of the Dominiques (it was).

I took them out of the box, one by one, dipped their beak in their water, and let them enjoy their new surroundings.  At first they all huddled under the heat lamp to warm up from their cool flight.

Then they started to spread out, get something to eat and start to explore. The picture below shows the Dominque eating while one of the Fayoumi’s looks on from the right, and the Jersey Giant hangs out on her left.


We added some water to their food.  At this point in their lives, hydration is very important.  I’m going to have to clean the whole food dispenser out in a few days to prevent any mold growth.

The Fayoumi is a little camera shy.  You can see that they have brown fluff with leopard spots.

My Dominique is quite the camera hog.  Or maybe just curious.  Whenever I put my camera down to take their picture she came running up front and center.

 

The White Sultan which I have yet to name, was camera shy.  I picked her up so I could show her off.  I read they were originally in gardens as an ornamental touch.  So she is my walking flower.  You can see the feathers on her feet already!


This morning, Jaxy came downstairs to hang out with the babies.  He loves them!  Also, you can see in the lower right corner, I added some grit, just some small gravel in the top of an old lid.

When they get older, they are filthy.  They create so much dust, I was very excited to get them out of our home.  When they got a little older, we ended up having to put some fencing around the pool to keep them from escaping.

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