GRIT Country Skills Series

Caring For Your New Chickens

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the daffodils are blooming, and there is a distinct peeping noise at every farm store across the country. It’s time for chicks. If you’ve been wooed by those little fluffy yellow balls of cuteness you are in for a treat. Chickens are a joy to have around. If you are new to the chicken game, fear not. In this article, I am going to take you through the ins and outs of caring for your new chicks, which starts with making sure your chick supply kit is at the ready.

HOUSING FOR YOUR NEW CHICKS

The first step in caring for your new chicks is setting up a brooder. Your little fluffballs need to be kept warm and dry for their first few months of life. To set up your brooder, you will need a draft proof container, a heat source, and some sort of bedding for your brooder. We will touch on the types of bedding you can use for your chicks later on in this article. A lid, too, comes in handy after about two weeks. As your chicks continue to grow, they will want to test their wings.

THE CONTAINER

The most important thing about your container is that it is draft free. You can use a large cardboard

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