Raising Chickens from Hatch to 8 Weeks

Chick Identification

Your chicks have arrived but now you may be wondering who is who when it comes to the breeds/assortment you've requested. You'll find on each breed profile page contains pictures of the breed as day old chicks....

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Standard Chicks (Identification)

These chicks have been listed from dark to light. Please keep in mind these photos are not to compare chicks in size but compare them in their coloring. As you can see some are very similar, while others can be...

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Bantams (Identification)

Barred Plymouth Rock Bantam Black Silkie Blue Silkie Buff Silkie Buff Brahma Bantam Easter Egger Bantams Mille Fleur Bearded d'Uccle Mottled Cochin Partridge Silkie Welsummer Bantam White Crested Bl...

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Can I put the new chicks in with my existing flock?

Not yet. If you have a mature flock, you'll want to raise your chicks in a brooder at first. Then once they are mature enough to be introduced to the coop, you will still want to keep them separated from your e...

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Chick Brooding 101: How to Raise Chicks from Arrival to Fully Feathered

Chick Brooding 101: How to Raise Chicks from Arrival to Fully Feathered Generally speaking, most layer breeds of chicken will be fully feathered and ready to move into a coop by about 8 weeks of age. Until t...

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Brooder Basics (Supplies)

We thought it would be nice to explain in detail what you need for a brooder. You should find all the answers to your brooding questions here and if not, feel free to reference our other brooding articles or ch...

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How long do chicks need to be brooded?

Chicks will need to be brooded until they are fully feathered, they should feather around 6-8 weeks. Then they can be placed in their own temporary coop set up, if you would have an existing flock please click ...

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Broody Hens Adopting Chicks

Have a broody hen and no rooster? It is still possible for your broody hen to adopt day old chicks, there are just a few tips to help your broody hen to become a happy adoptive mother. Once you've confirmed you...

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What type of light do I need? (Recommended Temps)

It is recommended that you use a 250 watt bulb on one end of your brooder. You will need a indoor/outdoor thermometer to make sure the first week the temperature is 95-90F degrees. Chicks will let you know if y...

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Pecking

Make sure the birds are not overcrowding each other. Sometimes if there has been a change in the flock, a pecking order may being sorted out among your flock. There should not be major injury in pecking order. ...

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