Raising Baby Chickens - Why Knowledge About Nature of Chickens and Inkling of Intuition Helps


raising baby chickensRaising baby chickens require knowledge about the general nature of chickens and an equal inkling of intuition. Chickens have the natural tendency to brood when they are non-breeders, and in this time they will be less manageable. Oftentimes raising baby chickens is challenging because of the many tasks to finish before the baby chicken is well and safe.

The baby chicken comes from the egg, which is hatched after 21 days in incubation. Chickens lay about half a dozen eggs in two weeks and then move on to brooding them. However, not all chickens brood their eggs-some will require you to have an incubator to do the task for them. After the eggs have been born, raising baby chickens even become more challenging.

The chicks will not leave its mother because of the warmth that the mother provides, warmth that is very much needed by the chick to survive. Because of the thin sprinkling of downy feathers that cover its small and weak body, it needs further protection from extreme weather conditions. This happens until two weeks of the chick's life on earth.

There are things to consider such as the chicken feed, the pecking order and diseases that will determine an order of activities for you to complete. First off is the chicken feed given to the chickens and the chicks. Because different breeds of chicken have different needs, certain feeds will be given to breeders while another type is fit for the chicks. It is included in the task of raising baby chickens that you know which types are best for your chicks.

Chickens do not have a problem with calcium, for they have shells and clam shells can also be smashed and given to them. Coffee grinds, herbal tea leaves and citrus rinds are also recommended for them to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. In fact, chickens can be expected to eat everything-raw vegetables, suet and meat scraps.

The pecking order is something that is naturally developed. Young hens chase one another and establish this order, which is similar to a hierarchy in the poultry level. Sometimes this tends to be bloody, and you have to isolate the wounded chick before it gets killed.

Another consideration is the presence of diseases. The lineage of the chicks sometimes affects their immunity to diseases, but even strong chicks get sick. In case that one of the chicks is sick, isolate it as soon as possible before it affects other chicks. It is important that when raising baby chickens you make sure that you keep them healthy.



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