Keeping chickens, 4-5 week old chicks Your babies are growing up! By weeks four and five, you begin noticing that your chicks’ fluffy appearance slowly disappears and their fuzzy down is replaced with feathers of a mature bird. Chicks will usually be fully feathered by 5 to 6 weeks of age. You also observe their wattles […]
Proper management is essential to raising chicks the Russell Feed way! Before you bring your new chicks home, make sure you prepare a healthy and safe environment for your new flock.
Environment – Keep it clean; keep it dry.
Warm, dry housing without drafts
Make enclosure predator proof
Clean and disinfect housing, feeders, and waterers before chicks arrive. Then, […]
Keeping chickens, weeks 2-3
With a clean brooder, fresh feed and clean water, your chicks are settled in and off to a good start by weeks two and three. It’s time to enjoy them. Chicks are very social and will provide hours of entertainment. You will see their unique personalities emerge as each day goes by and […]
Raising backyard chickens is a great experience for the whole family. One of the primary requirements is providing housing that is comfortable for your backyard flock. Young chicks can be raised in a variety of structures, but the area should be warm, dry and ventilated, but not drafty. Also make sure it is easy to […]