Starting Out Your Chicks Right
March 26, 2021

Raising Baby Chickens

Raising chicks can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it does take a little bit of planning. Read below for some tips from our Otter Feed Team experts to set yourself up for success.  

Starting Out

  • Day old chicks should be started in a warm dry and draft-free area.
  • Keep chicks in their brooder area with heat, water and feed.
  • The brooder should start at 2-3 feet larger than the heat source and increase as the birds grow.
  • After 7-10 days you can remove your brooder barrier and move the feeders and waterers around the house.
  • Room temperature water is best for baby chicks. Dip each one’s beak into the waterer to ensure they get a drink, and this will teach them to find the water source.
  • A high protein chick starter crumble place in low flat trays and should be available at all times
  • The heat source should be 16 inches above the litter and more than one heat lamp should be set in case one burns out.
  • Temperature will start at 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit for day old chicks and reduced by 5 degrees each week.
  • It’s important to check your chick’s comfort. If they pant and press against the outside edges of the brooder, they are too hot. If they huddle together and pile, they are too cold. Adjust your heat accordingly!
  • Lighting for the first week should be continuous so they find their food and water. After that it can be 12-14 hours of light per day

Order Your Chicks for Spring

Order your chicks this spring from our Pitt Meadows Home and Agro Centre. You can call the store directly for complete info and chick availability.


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