If you bought new baby chicks this spring, they might be getting close to ready to go from the brooder to the coop. Learn from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart how to make the transition a successful one!
Chicks should be fully feathered before transitioning
Place chicks in metal dog crate for two weeks before moving to the coop
If you’ve been at the chicken thing for a while, you might be interested in adding some birds of a different feather to your flock. Check out Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart’s advice on mixing breeds in your backyard flock.
Some breeds that make good producers, layers and are friendly include Naked Necks, Wyandottes and Sex Links
Bantams are miniature chickens and exist in every breed, but they do not mix well with the big ones
Cornish cross meat chickens do not mix well with other chickens
If you are raising backyard chickens, you need to consider biosecurity. Not just for your chickens, but for your family as well. Check out this video for Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart’s advice on keeping everyone happy and healthy.
Don’t kiss your chickens!
Wash your hands after you handle chickens
Have a pair of “coop shoes” that you do not wear anywhere else
Do not borrow equipment from friends
If you bring in a chicken from someone, quarantine them for a minimum of three weeks
Got new baby chicks in a brooder? Then you’ll want to know how to keep them warm and clean, so they stay healthy and strong. Listen in as Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart shares tips to keep your brooder in proper condition.
Baby chicks self-regulate their temperature and will gather together if they’re too cold.
If you see the chicks huddled together at one side, that is a sign there may be a draft.
Put newspaper down underneath the pine shavings to make cleanup easier.
Interested in starting a backyard chicken flock? Wondering what you need to know before you bring home those cute, fluffy, little chicks? Listen in as Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart gives a quick overview of what you need to consider!
Make sure you can legally have chickens on your property.
Start with laying hens.
It is best to start small, with four to six chickens at most.
If you are bringing home baby chicks soon, you’ll need to know what to feed, and how to feed it. Listen in as Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart shares tips on properly feeding chicks for a healthy start and a long life.
Use baby chick starter crumble. Lay crumble calcium content is too high and may damage kidneys of the chicks.
Chicks may pick out larger pieces of crumble if they have a hard time eating them.
Feed chicks as much as they want as they self-regulate.
Medicated chick starter helps to prevent coccidiosis. It is not an antibiotic.
Learn what the most important components of a brooder are for raising baby chicks. From the types of brooder containers, to lighting, to bedding to use, you’ll know all the key tips to keep your chicks happy and healthy in the brooder.
An old stock tank, plastic tote or cardboard box work well to hold the chicks and keep the heat in.
Make sure heat lamp is secured.
Both clear and red bulbs work fine. Red bulbs will reduce cannibalism.
Chicks like to scratch in the feeder and will waste a lot of feed when they’re young.
Use baby chick starter feed for the first 16 weeks.