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I hope moving chicks to coop is alright
June 18, 2012
10:32 pm
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Linda Goble
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Tonight I moved the chicks which are 2 weeks old today to the coop.  I am a bit worried about this.  But the box I had them in was getting to small and they seemed to  be fighting with each other. I have a section off the coop and put shavings down and hung the heat lamp in there.  the temp is about 80 which is like I have it in the house.  The divider in the coop is a wall about 6 inches.  They can jump or fly over and i put a ramp for them to get back over.  The chicks have been having a ball with the shavings making there little beds down in it.  Please tell me I didn’t make a mistake….  I know no sleep for me I will be up checking on them to make sure temp.  stays good for them.chicken

June 19, 2012
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June 19, 2012
7:02 pm
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They were find.  I had to go out and adjust the light down in the evening a bit.  temp was just at 76.  Me I am so tired today.  Didn’t fall asleep till 1 .am and then up at 6:30 to go back out in morning an no water.  I had paper towels on top of board where their water an feed was and they got the towels in the water dish and it soak up and got all over the shavings.  Today it was so warm out that I turned the heat lamp off.  I will try not to worry so much tonight.  They act so much happier out there.  Running all over and jumping on the board that divides and perching on it…  Thanks for caringchickenchickenchickenchickenchickenchickenchickenchicken  8 for my chicks LOL…..

June 20, 2012
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As long as the big chickens can’t get to the babies, it will be ok. If they can get to them, they will likely kill them.

June 21, 2012
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This is my first time with chicks.  No other chickens here.  I do have a sick one.  I have her back inside I have been dealing with Coccidiosis for a while now with them.  I put them on medication feed and was hoping that would take care of it. Last night I thought my New Hampshire Red (I think it is or its my golden Buff) was about to die.  I was so scared.  I held her and told her she better not die on me and I got a dropper and gave her water and food and made her a soft bed back in the box.  She was pooping blood.  This morning I went and got antibiotic for them. and started all of them on it.  Little chick is doing better.  I even saw her drink out of the waterier so I was so happy. I think I will keep her inside for a couple of days and then at night put her back in with the others if she is doing good.  I am having a hard  time understanding how they got this.  I been so good at cleaning the paper towels out 3-4 times a day. and if I was there and I saw one poop I would cover it up with another paper towel.  I am thinking raising chicks is hard work to do.  I think I will get hens that are grown.  You have the temperature thing to deal with all the time.  They are all having a blast out in the coop.  I put a log left over from fire wood in and they love jumping on it, also I put a crate in there and they love to go under the crate and lay.

Thanks for all the help.  Great to come here for advice!!!!!!happy-flower

June 21, 2012
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Coccidiosis can hang out in soil for long periods of time, and can be spread by wild birds, or someone handling them was exposed from another infected one.  It’s impossible to keep the brooder so clean that one can’t infect the rest so don’t beat yourself up.  I was going to ask how you’re sure that’s what it was, but the bloody stool is a pretty sure indication. This is why I go for the medicated feed, I don’t ever try to represent my eggs as being organic, just fresh and free-range, which they are.

This time of year the temperature hopefully isn’t too tough, around here I don’t think I would bother with a lamp at all. 

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