Learn the best methods to help a struggling chick gain back its strength with these easy to follow tips from Poultry Expert Twain Lockhart from Nutrena.
Learn the pros and cons of medicated versus non-medicated chick feed with Nutrena Poultry Expert Twain Lockhart. Watch as he explains why you might want to choose one over the other.
Bringing baby chicks home to add to your existing flock? Check out this video from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart for tips on feeding the entire flock properly through this transition.
- Feed baby chicks, or juveniles, chick starter crumble until they are 16 weeks of age
- Have oyster shell available for adult females as crumble feed have very little calcium
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
- Add water stations in hot weather
- Keep chicks on chick starter feed for 16 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.
- Clean the brooder once every couple of days.
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.