How to Raise Baby Chicks
Watch more How to Raise Farm Animals videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/335-How-to-Raise-Farm-Animals Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to raise baby chicks by following this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get your chicks Order your chicks from a hatchery, where they may have been hatched from an incubator. There are many hatcheries online and shipping usually takes place between February and September. Step 2: Get a brooder Make or buy a brooder -- a container where the chicks live and keep warm. A brooder can be as simple as a modified washtub or cardboard box or more elaborate. Step 3: Put bedding in the brooder Scatter cedar shavings over the bottom of your brooder for bedding. A chick's bedding needs to be changed three or four times a week, or more often if it gets damp. Step 4: Add a waterer and feeder Put a waterer and feeder at one end of the brooder. Waterers and feeders can be ordered from the hatchery where you ordered your chicks and are relatively inexpensive. Step 5: Install a heat lamp Install a heat lamp over your brooder. The brooder should be kept at a temperature of 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first week. Decrease the temperature by five degrees a week until the chicks have all of their feathers in 5 to 8 weeks. Tip Allow the chicks space to move away from the heat in case they get too warm. If they are too cold, they will huddle under the lamp. Step 6: Buy food Buy chick starter feed at feed stores or online. You can purchase non-medicated feed or medicated feed that helps prevent parasite infections. Step 7: Watch them grow Watch your chicks grow. After 4 to 6 weeks, you can transfer your poultry pets to an adult chicken coop for their permanent home. Did You Know? The chicken can run at a speed of 9 miles per hour.