Our chickens are two weeks old!!! Time is flying.
All ten chicks are still in good health.
I no longer have to do the daily Pasty Butt check. But I do shovel out the brooder daily, and put in new pine shavings.
We have also removed the heat lamp, since they no longer need it. We are in the beginning of Summer, so the weather is warmer. When removing the heat source, observe the chicks to see if they start huddling together to gather heat, or if they act normally. The types of chicks and the current weather make a huge difference as to the exact time to remove the heater. That’s why it is so important to observe.
And finally, we have to do daily cleaning of the brooder. This means we scoop out most of the (poopy) pine shavings and replace it with fresh pine shavings. I put the used pine shavings around my blueberry bushes. They love the acidity of the pine.
The chicks are quickly feathering out, and I think they will be ready to move to the chicken paddy wagon (outside) next week, or the week after. Again, it’s all about observation.
Here is a the progression of the birds aging:
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