Our six chicks hatched a week ago and all are doing well. They live in a brooder box in our tiny home office.
Temperature is a big issue when raising little chicks. For the first week, they need to be 90-95 degrees, as if they were sleeping beneath a good broody hen. We provide heat with heatlamps and adjust the temperature with different wattage bulbs.
The girls have wood shavings for bedding. We covered the shavings with paper towel for the first week to keep them from ingesting it. They eat Purina chick food and lots of fresh water.We freshen their water frequently because it heats up in the warm brooder box and they prefer cool water.
The girls have been busy working on pecking order in their little flock. So far, Rhoda the Rhode Island Red seems like she's the boss, but Daisy the Delaware is no wall flower. (I'm cracking myself up!) Poppy the Partridge Rock is still the littlest and we watch out for her. Crocus the Easter Egger has had pasty butt, and we washed Daisy's butt the other day, too. Petunia the Barred Rock is Madame Mellow and doesn't let much of anything bother her. Squill the Speckled Sussex seems like the entertainer of the crowd.