Raising Chicks

 
To raise your own chicks, there are a few things to think about first:
 
Do you have the time and inclination that they need?
Do you have the space and the equipment to keep them safe and cosy?
 
 
If the answer to both of these is yes, then raising chicks may be right for you.  If so, this is the basics of what you need to know:
 
The chicks will manage to kick their bedding into their water and food, and somehow manage to poo in it too!  Because of this, their water will need changing about four times a day, and their feeders will need the layer of bedding extracting from them! 
 
The chicks need space for growing up.  This is recommended at half a square foot until the chicks are 6 weeks old, and 1 1/2 to 2 sq ft when they are growing and older. 
 
Chicks need keeping warm!  An infra-red bulb is the most effective if you have lots of chicks, but the small scale chicken breeder often uses a chick brooder (a ceramic plate which acts like a hen).  They need one of these until they are around 6 weeks old, at which time they can hold their own body heat whilst inside. 
 
Chicks, whilst cute and cuddly, can be rather silly.  You need to ensure they have a proper chick water container, as if you give them a saucer or something similar, they are likely to drown themselves.  If a saucer is all you have, then some pebbles or marbles in the bottom will be fine.
 
After they have grown up, they will then go into a coop outside. If they are unable to roam freely during the day in your garden, then they will need to have a run attached tot heir house so that they can get outside.
 
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch!
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