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What Do I Need To Know About Raising Chicks?

What Do I Need To Know About Raising Chicks?

It’s that time of year again! You’ve eagerly awaited Chick Days for months now, and farm and ranch retail stores are stocked all across the country with your favorite chicks.

If you’ve never raised chickens before, you can probably relate to the numerous questions first time owners have.

  • What kind of brooder should I use?
  • What is the difference between medicated and unmedicated chick feed, and in which scenarios should either be fed?
  • What’s the best option for watering chicks? Do they need added vitamins and electrolytes?
  • Are heat lamps safe? Are there other options?
Flock Fresh

Often, people unfamiliar with chickens or new to game, refer to what would be used in the coop or brooder, as “bedding”. However, chickens don’t use bedding, since they roost up off the floor or ground to sleep. Therefore, “litter” is the term used for coops, which helps to manage waste.

Sweet CoopFor newbie chicks, it’s very important that the flooring surface is safe for their little feet for walking on, and absorbent. Comprised of Chopped Straw, Chopped Alfalfa and Zeolite, Flock Fresh® is a great litter option to keep chicks from developing spraddle leg or splay leg from slippery surfaces. Newspaper should never be used. Pine shavings is another litter option, in which The Chicken Chick’s Sweet Coop Zeolite can be utilized to help control odor and moisture.

Are you ready to take on raising chicks? One of our Standlee experts, Kathy Shea Mormino, affectionately known internationally as The Chicken Chick®, answers all of the questions above, going into further detail about housing, feeding and safety in a webinar recording titled, “What Do I Need to Know About Raising Chicks?”:

Spruce CoopHow about “sprucing up your coop” with the ever-popular Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion Nest Box Herbs? It’s been awhile since we’ve done a giveaway, so we’d like to share some love (and a bag of Spruce the Coop® Herbal Fusion Nest Box Herbs, an aromatic and botanical herbal blend for your coop and home 😊) with our community. Comment below on why you want chickens or why you own them, to be entered to win!

The drawing took place on March 30th. And the winner is:

  • Lisa T.
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