Learn the essentials of raising baby chickens, also known as chicks, for a successful and rewarding experience.
Set up a warm and secure brooder area with a heat source, bedding, feeders, and waterers to provide a comfortable environment for the chicks.
Feed chicks a balanced diet of starter feed specially formulated for their nutritional needs to support healthy growth and development.
Ensure access to clean and fresh water at all times, using shallow waterers or chick waterers designed to prevent drowning.
Maintain a suitable temperature in the brooder to mimic the warmth provided by a mother hen, gradually reducing the heat as chicks grow.
Monitor chicks for signs of illness, provide regular cleaning of the brooder, and practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of diseases.
Gradually introduce chicks to human interaction, gently handling them to promote bonding and build trust.
When the chicks are fully feathered and able to regulate their body temperature, gradually introduce them to the coop for integration with the adult flock.