Huzzah! You're here to learn about raising baby chicks, which is more than some people do! (You'd be...
Well, first remember that if you hatched these babies at home, chicks don't actually need to eat or drink for the first two or three...
We don't generally think it is a good idea to offer anything but plain, clean water unless your chicks are exceedingly stressed.
Can I use a fan to cool the brooder down? My chicks are arriving in the heat of summer, and my brooder is in a hot room.
Baby chicks need it very warm to be comfortable--most people would call it hot. For the first week of their lives, they need temperatures of about 95... read more
Are there special preparations I should make if I want to have a broody hen adopt and raise my shipped chicks?
There is little more beautiful than a mother hen sheltering chicks beneath her wings.
Why is my chick's beak getting crooked, and what should I do?
Usually, chickens with crossed beaks or scissor beaks lead long, normal lives.
In most cases, this defect is caused by the chick... read more
How can I get my brooder to 95 degrees?
First remember that it only needs to be 95° directly under the heat lamp, and only in their first week of life. (You'll be reducing the... read more
Is it ever okay to help a chick out of the shell?
Generally speaking you will NOT want to intervene in the hatching process when incubating read more
All about Splay Leg, a.k.a. Spraddle Leg
Spraddle leg, also called "splay leg," can be caused or exacerbated by brooding on a slick surface such as newspaper. (We recommend read more
How do I introduce my new chicks to other young chicks in the brooder?
Introducing new hens to an established flock can be tricky (see how to do that in the related questions below)---but luckily it's much easier to... read more
Chick illnesses and issues (overview)
When you're worried your new baby chicks are ill, there are a number of things that could be responsible!
What is quarantine and when should I quarantine my flock?
In your backyard flock, quarantine is the act of isolating a chicken or chickens who has been potentially or actually exposed to contagious illness... read more
I want to get a chick for Easter for my son's basket, and then find a farmer to adopt it when it has grown. How do I do that?
No, no, no... you don't want to do that. It's is a bad idea for many reasons.
First, one chicken raised alone will often die of... read more
Should I give my chicks medicated feed or unmedicated feed?
Medicated feed is formulated for chicks to help them combat read more