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Baby chicks are easy to raise but you must be prepared and have your brooder set up correctly. This is a must need quick checklist for raising baby chicks!

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using a heat lamp is part of the quick checklist for raising baby chicks
Using a heat lamp in a brooder keeps the baby chicks warm.

QUICK CHECKLIST for RAISING BABY CHICKS

  1. Set up your brooder area a day or two before your baby chicks are scheduled to arrive. For further information head on over to Top Tips for Raising Baby Chicks
  2. Make sure to block any corners by simply taping pieces of cardboard in the corners to round them out. Chicks will pile in corners and suffocate the ones on the bottom
  3. Adjust Reflective Heat Lamp or RentACoop Chick Heating Plate so the temperature is 95 degrees directly under and around the heat source 
  4. Check the temperature with Thermometer to regulate the heat
  5. Make sure chicks can get away from heat to prevent overheating
  6. Place Wood Chips, shavings or newspapers in the bottom of the brooder.
  7. Cover shavings with newspaper and textured rubber shelving to reduce slippery surface
  8. Fill baby chick water founts with fresh water  
  9. Set up chick feeders with fresh Chick Starter and plan on feeding this for 8 weeks. I like this Starter Feed. 
  10. Sprinkle the bottom of the brooder with your Chick Starter Feed. This will encourage chicks to start eating immediately.
  11. Be prepared for cold, hungry chicks when they arrive. (Have 1/4 warm canned evaporated milk + 1 teaspoon sugar on hand)
  12. When your chicks arrive, begin by doing a headcount for all live chicks
  13. Remove any dead chicks  (hatcheries will usually send 1 additional chick for every 25, just to help ensure 100% live arrival)
  14. Take care of all the live chicks first 
  15. Give any weakened chicks extra sugar water or evaporated milk sugar mixture 
  16. If you have many dead and weak chicks contact your hatchery immediately for a possible solution
  17. Chick Comfort is your criteria for happy content chicks. Soft cheeps is good. Loud peeping is bad as something is wrong.
  18. If loud peeping, double-check temperature, drafts, dampness, feed, and water.
  19. If they have everything they need, the chicks should settle down.
  20. Enjoy your chicks.
  21. Check on them often.
  22. Watch for diarrhea such as Coccidiosis which is caused by a parasite. Treat with a coccidiostat like Corid
  23. Watch for weak chicks, pasty butts, and muddy toes; find out how to take care of these at Top Tips for Raising Baby Chicks
  24. Keep the brooder clean with feeders and water founts full
  25. Make sure to wash & really clean the water founts as the inside of the fount can get slimy & bacteria can build-up
  26. Chicks grow fast: Start thinking about the next stage: more floor space, larger water founts & feeders, small roosts & Chick Grower Feed
  27. At 8 weeks, you will need to switch to a good Chick Grower & consider adding Chick Grit as they grow
  28. When you see your first pullet egg, then it is time to switch to a good fresh Laying Mash or Pellets for your new Laying Flock!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for your Printable Quick Chick Checklist!

baby chicks eating from a metal chick feeder
Baby chicks need easy access to fresh chick starter to grow properly.

NOTES: watch for potential health issues

  • Consider adding an electrolyte mineral supplement to the baby chicks water in their waterer for the first 3 to 4 weeks. Make sure to also have plain fresh water available at all times.
  • Coccidioisis can be a problem.  This parasite causes diarrhea in baby chicks which can be life-threatening. Having a coccidiostat like Corid on hand is helpful to be on the safe side.
More on Baby Chicks, Chickens & Coops!

THIS IS A PRINTABLE QUICK CHECKLIST for RAISING BABY CHICKS

QUICK CHECKLIST on RAISING BABY CHICKS

chick in spring yellow chicken plumage

Printable Checklist for Raising Baby Chicks

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Brooder Box, Crate, Rubbermaid Tub
  • Heat Lamp or Brooder Heater
  • Extension Cord
  • Chick Water Founts
  • Chick Feeder
  • Newspapers
  • Wood Shavings
  • Textured Rubber Shelving
  • Electrolytes
  • Coccsidostat for Coccidioisis

Tools

  • Extra Cardboard and Tape to make sure there are no corners in the Brooder.

Instructions

  1. Set up your brooder area a day or two before your baby chicks are scheduled to arrive. For further information head on over to Top Tips for Raising Baby Chicks
  2. Make sure to block any corners by simply taping pieces of cardboard in the corners to round them out. Chicks will pile in corners and suffocate the ones on the bottom
  3. Adjust Reflective Heat Lamp or RentACoop Chick Heating Plate so the temperature is 95 degrees directly under and around the heat source 
  4. Check temperature with Thermometer to regulate the heat
  5. Make sure chicks can get away from heat to prevent overheating
  6. Place Wood Chips, shavings or newspapers in bottom of brooder.
  7. Cover shavings with newspaper and textured rubber shelving to reduce slippery surface
  8. Fill baby chick water founts with fresh water  
  9. Set up chick feeders with fresh Chick Starter and plan on feeding this for 8 weeks. I like this Starter Feed
  10. Sprinkle the bottom of the brooder with your Chick Starter Feed. This will encourage chicks to start eating immediately.
  11. Be prepared for cold, hungry chicks when they arrive. (Have 1/4 warm canned evaporated milk + 1 teaspoon sugar on hand)
  12. When your chicks arrive, begin by doing a head count for all live chicks
  13. Remove any dead chicks (hatcheries will usually send 1 additional chick for every 25, just to help insure 100% live arrival)
  14. Take care of all the live chicks first 
  15. Give any weakened chicks extra sugar water or evaporated milk sugar mixture 
  16. If you have many dead and weak chicks contact your hatchery immediately for possible solution
  17. Chick Comfort is your criteria for happy content chicks. Soft cheeps is good. Loud peeping is bad as something is wrong.
  18. If loud peeping, double check temperature, drafts, dampness, feed and water.
  19. If they have everything they need, the chicks should settle down.
  20. Enjoy your chicks.
  21. Check on them often.
  22. Watch for diarrhea such as Coccidioisis which is caused by a parasite. Treat with a coccidiostat like Corid
  23. Watch for weak chicks, pasty butts and muddy toes; find out how to take care of these at Top Tips for Raising Baby Chicks
  24. Keep the brooder clean with feeders and water founts full
  25. Make sure to wash & really clean the water founts as the inside of the fount can get slimy & bacteria can build up
  26. Chicks grow fast.
  27. Start thinking about the next stage: more floor space, larger water founts & feeders, small roosts & Chick Grower Feed
  28. At 8 weeks, you will need to switch to a good Chick Grower & consider adding Chick Grit as they grow
  29. When you see your first pullet egg, then it is time to switch to a good fresh Laying Mash or Pellets for your new Laying Flock!


Notes

NOTES: watch for potential health issues

  • Consider adding an electrolyte mineral supplement Add this electrolyte mineral supplement to the baby chicks water in their waterer for the first 3 to 4 weeks. Make sure to also have plain fresh water available at all times .
  • Coccidioisis can be a problem. This parasite causes diarrhea in baby chicks which can be life threatening. Having a coccidiostat like Corid  on hand is helpful to be on the safe side.

Related Posts:

Best Tips for Raising Chickens + Chicken Coops

Top Tips for Raising Baby Chicks



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2 Comments

  • WT Abernathy
    March 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    In the past, we’ve bought young pullets for our broilers each year, keeping back a few to add to our egg flock.
    However, this year, we’ve talked about raising them from chicks so our kids get some experience with the whole life-cycle. Bruce, our rooster, is doing his part to fertilize.
    Cheers for a great share on the blog hop!

    Reply
    • Original Homesteading
      March 28, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      I always needed a refresher each year on what to do to get ready for our baby chicks. And, then thought, others might benefit from a Printable Checklist! Appreciate you reading it!!! I think it is just wonderful that you are providing this real life experience for your family. Our family has so enjoyed raising baby chicks; such excitement….Thanks for writing!

      Reply

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