How to raise baby chicks

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hey folks this is Josh Johnny rich

farmer welcome to the farm vlog today we

are driving around on the farm in the

truck and the reason we're driving

around on the farm in the truck is

because we have a very very special box

right here in the truck with us so today

we got a phone call from the post office

to let us know that our baby chicks have

came in from my er hatchery and what

we're gonna do is we're gonna teach you

exactly what you need to do or your baby

chicks when you first get them from the

hatchery so we'll talk about ordering

we'll talk about what you need to do

we'll show you our setup and how we're

doing this and we'll talk a little bit

of baby chick all ajeeb so we'll talk a

little bit about the baby chicks and

teach you a little bit all right so

let's have a little bit of fun here on

the farm teaching you about baby chicks



we get started talking about what we do

to set up for the baby chicks which we

were unprepared you need to do this

today before your baby birds come in but

it really only takes about five minutes

I'll show you but let's take a look at

the birds that we have here so right in

this box we have some rainbow Ranger

broilers and over here we've got some

broilers and some meat birds and we also

have some real cuties we also have some

egg layers so pretty cool what we're

gonna do is we're gonna show you the

difference in how the Rangers grow

versus the Cornish cross birds which are

these little yellow birds right here

they grow a whole lot faster than the

Ranger bird and we'll show you the

difference in how each type of bird

grows so some birds grow faster than

others some birds grow really really

fast and some birds grow normal so we'll

give you a little bit of detail as time

progresses so be sure and subscribe to

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the chicks are fine they were shipped

out yesterday from Ohio and we're in

North Carolina so they really came quick

the awesome a lot of baby murder to show

you a little bit about them this little

yellow thing right on the tip of his

beak is called the egg tooth and that's

how the baby chick breaks out of the egg

you can expect that to shed within one

to two days you can tell the older

chicks in here have already shed them

but that little egg tooth right there

will flake off that's kind of normal

it's normal for your baby birds to be

pecking at each other and just kind of

being curious and running around and

just checking each other out and most of

the time they'll peck that thing right

off so it's pretty cool

look you just fell asleep in my hand so

we're gonna mix all these birds up I'll

tell you what we got here whenever you

get a box from my hatchery this will

have the shipping label and this will

have what you got so we got rainbow

Ranger broilers we got one bird from the

Myer meal maker and that bird is

supposed to be donated to a local food

bank or the meat is supposed to be

donated or the eggs are supposed to be

donated that's a deal that my our

hatchery has if you just ask for a meal

maker bird they'll give it to you for

free now we've got barred rocks Rhode

Island Reds jumbo white Cornish cross

and brown egg layer assortments two of

them cool now what we use for a brooder

box and we call it a brooder box it's

basically where the baby chicks would

stay if the mother was with them she

would take care of her brood you're now

the mother and this is how you take care

of the brood so this is a hundred gallon

stock tank it's a watering tank for

livestock you buy it one time in your

life and it lasts you forever we have

two of these for raising our baby chicks

and what we'll do is we'll layer it with

some shavings and I'll show you how we

do that and we'll get a heat lamp now

it's 82 degrees out here these birds

don't need heat there are 37 of these

birds and they can bunch up and get heat

but if it's below 70 degrees or so 75

degrees you need to keep the birds warm

what I found is that you need to keep

these birds somewhere between 80 and 90

degrees for the first couple days the

baby birds temperature regulation system

and their body is not ready yet it's not

ready to keep them warm so if it's

wintertime or cold weather when you get

these birds you really got to make sure

that you keep them warm we're not even

gonna put a heat lamp on them at this

point today it's so warm we're just

going to put them in the brooder and

tonight we may put a heat lamp in and we

may just use a standard Hunter watt bulb

you really don't want to roast these

birds now with the heat lamp if you've

got a heat lamp and we'll show you what

we have

but if you got a heat lamp and you got

it down there on the birds and all the

birds are lay on the other side of the

brooder you've got it too hot you need

to raise that heat lamp up or you need

to exchange your bulb for a regular

incandescent bulb and not a heat lamp

bulb when you've got this amount of

birds in this small of a space you'd be

surprised at how much heat that they

make on their own and you'd also be

surprised at how little heat you'll have

to provide for now on the other hand if

your birds are huddled up underneath the

heat lamp like that means they're too

cold and you need to get that heat lamp

down a little closer to them so that

they stay warm you want to find a

comfortable balance where the birds will

utilize the entire space of your brooder

and they stay nice and warm and

comfortable not too hot crowded away

from the light and not too cold crowded

under the light freezing to death so

let's go set the brooder up let's get

our sawdust now folks if you were

expecting some sort of rocket science

here and you're dead wrong we're just

gonna put a little bit of shavings just

enough to cover the bottom of our

brooder here okay so this big bag of

Shaving should last in the entire

brooding process of your birds and this

is the bag that we had from last time so

it'll last you that's for sure you can

use any type of Shaving really but the

pine wood shavings tend to work better

for me I don't really like to use the

cedar shavings because I'm told that

cedar shavings can cause illness I don't

know that for sure

but that's what I'm told and therefore I

use the pine shavings all right we'll

bring our birdies in here we'll set them

in here now guys just like when you put

fish in an aquarium you need to put your

baby birds in here and let them sit and

get acclimated to the temperature for

about a half-hour before you release

them I'm kidding you don't have to do

that it's not like an aquarium you open

the box and you take your birdies and

you can set them out just reach up

underneath there with your fingers pick

up a few of them and send them out here

or you can go the easy method

tip these birds are a lot more resilient

than you might think okay there you go

guys your new home now inside this box

is baby's first meconium it's the baby's

first poop

now the first poop is kind of green ish

yucky and if you have kids if you have

babies you know what meconium is pretty

cool if you don't google it now let's

talk about feeders and waterers this is

the feeder that we'll be using it first

here can you see that little dude right

there that's very important that thing

right there spins so that the baby birds

won't light up here and sit there and

poop down in their food now we use a 20

or 24% feed and we pour it in a little

trash barrel which is basically these

little birds hold port right in there

just like so this ain't rocket science

folks but it does require a little bit

of knowledge and I didn't know this when

I first started and now if you didn't

know you know so we'll just fill our

feeder up not all the way full but you

know mostly full well set this guy over

in there now for water when we first

start watering our birds we don't want

to put a gigantic water container in all

these water containers and feeders are

available from whoop Meyer hatchery and

that's where we got the birds this right

here is a little 1 quart ish water okay

and this will screw right onto a quart

jar you can buy just fat and put it onto

a jar a gallon jar whatever kind of jar

you want and you see I've got gravel in

here so these baby birds like water when

I set this in here they'll go to water

you don't have to do anything to teach

him but if you feel like you want to

teach them all you got to do this take

your babies bird and just dip his beak

over into the water so what I'll do is

I'll set this in there and I'll dip

maybe 5 birds beaks down in the water

they'll learn where the water is and the

other birds are very inquisitive and

then they'll follow him right over there

and I'll know where the feed and the

water is they'll find the feet

don't worry now the reason we have these

little gravels in here is again because

the baby birds just came out of an egg a

wet egg and when they get right in here

they see the water and they decide ooh

that's the cozy wet spot that I was in

before and I can get in here and drown

so be sure if you use a deep water don't

put like a water dish or water pan and

without putting something in there to

keep those birds from sinking down in

there okay you can even use a sponge

around here to keep those birds from

going down in the water and drowning

that's a common thing that happens with

baby birds let's set our feeder kind of

right in the middle right to it then

we'll set our water kind of off to the

side right here and you'll see just

start pecking at it and they'll figure

it out here's what you do you want to

teach them take your bird and get his

head down in there there you go

so you started thinking immediately

perfect so you see the baby birds are

very inquisitive if you're worried about

one learning head down to the water and

you'll see they instantly learn how to

drink baby birds like this can you go

without feed for three or four days so

it's pretty cool they live off the yolk

that's in the egg now let's show you

guys what we use for a heat lamp

basically this is our heat lamp and we

take a clamp and we clamp it on and we

hang it down right inside of our bruders

we don't need it right now

okay I take the bulbs out for storage

this is the heat lamp oil that you need

I take these out for storage because you

are very likely to break this bulb off

inside that fixture right there if you

don't take them off for storage just a

little tip so let's quickly review

everything we've talked about here and a

little bit of food for thought for your

birds if you're gonna store your heat

lamps take your heat lamp blow the

fixture so that it doesn't break baby

birds can go three to four days without

food or water but when you first get

them in you want to put them in a warm

place you want to put them in a tiny

place you want to put them with some

food and with some water and you want to

make sure that they don't have the

potential to drown I'm gonna make sure

they're nice and warm anywhere between

80 and 95 degrees depending on the

number of chicks if you've got three

baby chicks and you're gonna have to

worry about them being warm more you've

got 40 baby chicks then you won't have

to worry so much about it now if it's

cold outside or cold in your garage it's

down below 70 degrees

you run the potential of hypothermia

with your baby birds you want to take

care of those baby birds so you use

common sense pretty much make sure that

your baby birds don't have that

potential okay and you can eliminate

that by just putting a few little rocks

sprinkle a few rocks down in your rudder

and that potential it kind of goes away

after let's say four or five days don't

put a big pan of water in with your baby

chicks because they will die that's it

that's the truth get you some food

24 percent is what we use I like 24

percent you can get by with the 18 or 20

percent to 24 percents a little bit

better I think to get them a good start

but you'll have to check on the Myer

hatchery website and see what they

recommend for each type of burn because

meat birds require more protein than

Lane Birds so when the litter inside the

brooder gets a little bit caked up with

poopy we'll go ahead and we'll clip one

more layer about that deep of shavings

over top so we'll just keep layering and

layering until it's time for him to come

out of the brooder which will probably

be somewhere in the neighborhood of one

to three weeks something like that

depending on how warm it is outside

we'll be moving these birds on pasture

out here on the farm and we'll show you

how all that stuff works so be sure

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