feed baby chickens?/ emergency?

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We grilled chicken thighs, corn on the cob, and made a garden grown salad for dinner.


Question by Dsfsdfg I: feed baby chickens?/ emergency?
i bought three chickens off the internet without parents permission. lol andway there a day old and i dont no what to feed them, and what do i keep them in.
thanks cowgirl i got that feed also but i wasnt sure if i just drop it on the floor

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8 Responses to feed baby chickens?/ emergency?

  1. You want to give them chicken feed, you can buy it for the chicks and if it has pellets you can wet it (soak it in water till its mushy) and feed them with a dropper , if they dont move or eat much make sure you give them water in the dropper.

    March 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  2. Why did you irresponsibly buy animals without your parents permission without knowing how to care for them?
    Grow up.

    Sami H
    March 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  3. you shouldn’t have done that in the first place. if there are only three of them them put them in the box on a table. feed them cornmeal, because adult chicken feed may hurt them. put the cornmeal in a small container in their box. give them a small dish of water in the box too. they need heat. you will need a heat lamp. for each week of there age, lower the temperature.

    1 week=95 farenheit
    2 weeks=90 f.
    3 weeks=85 f.
    4 weeks= 80 f.
    5=weeks= 75 f.

    by the time they are 5 weeks old, they won’t need the heat anymore. you can take away the heat lamp and move them to a larger area. good luck!

    Rogue Waffle
    March 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm

  4. chickens are easy to take care, even if they were just babies, without their parents they can already eat by their own, just have a enough supply of food and water..you can feed it some chicken feed, like pellets…

    March 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  5. that wasnt a good idea dude

    March 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  6. If you dont know anything about them or didnt do research why did you get them, let alone not tell your parents. If you dont know how to properly care for them then find someone who does. They need warmth in order to live a heatlamp is to be hund over there cage. They need to be inside until 3 weeks old until they get feathers. Feed them chick starter at tractor supply and until 4 mths then feed them scratch corn. They need a big enclosure safe form weather and preditors. They need a barrier around cage so raccoons and cyotes cant grab them through the cage. Im the cage they need water and feed.They need nesting box to lay eggs in with straw in it. A roost to sleep on can be a long wood rod. It isnt right that u didnt do research on them.


    March 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  7. Buy non-medicated chick starter grower. Put the food in a plate or anything low enough the chicks can reach into. They need fresh clean water daily. A waterer is best to use, this allows the chicks to drink without the danger of them falling in. Day old chicks need to be in a brooder, that is a box of sorts with a heat light in or over it. The temp in the box does not need to be above 85 degrees. Anything over is to hot and will stress the chicks. Do not wet the chicks feed. First they are less likely to eat it. Second it can cause molds which will kill the chicks. If you are using a medicated feed wetting it can cause your chicks to contract coccideosis and die. As long as you provide food water and warmth the chicks can take care of them self. Starter/grower feeds come in 2 types and 2 forms. It is available in medicated and no-medicated. It is also available in pellet or crumble form. I recommend the non-medicated if all possible. I also recommend you get their feed in the crumble form. It is messier but they eat it much better. But again don’t wet their feed. Nor is there any need to feed them with a dropper. I have raised chickens for many years.

    March 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  8. Okay lol three chickens is easy I have raised thousands and I do and have done for over 30 years. You will need a waterer and a little flat dish like for a tea cup to sit in? or you can use the floor of a basement and make a little pen with foot high cardboard just a small one like 2 ft bu 2ft. I would hang a light above them about a 125 watt bulb so they stay warm and if they walk away from the light out to the edges its to hot and you need to higher it up. If they crowd which you dont want either lower it abit until they are fine just where they are at around the feed area and water. The chicks need chick starter right away or they will stress and die off very quick within a day or so you can put it on the floor but I would use a small dish. with the water you dip their beak in it and stand them buy it they will figure it out reaaaal quick. These are the tips to starting poultry. The heat can be decreased 5 degrees a weel until feathering out full and they can be outside with just a regular light bulb. I hope this was somewhat a help to you good luck chickens are great fun I should know I have raised them for over 30 years and I have even more fun as the years go by

    Tammy R
    March 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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