1 This is Traci Torres, the CEO and cofounder of My Pet Chicken, who delivered 34 new 3-day-old baby chicks to my chicken coop yesterday.
2 New chicks are so adorable!
3 Phurba, who takes great care of my chickens, guinea hens, and Pomeranian geese, had one of the hen houses all ready for the chick delivery. The floor was lined with newspaper to absorb the chicks many droppings.
4 Baby chicks need to be protected from drafts but also need to have sufficient ventilation, so a cardboard surround was installed - also called a brooder.
5 Chicks need to be kept nice and hot during their first weeks, so two heat lamps were suspended over the brooder. Red heat bulbs are used because they shine darker than bright white bulbs, making it easier for the chicks to sleep.
6 Baby chicks need plenty of clean water to drink, so Phurba positioned several chick waterers in the brooder. An open dish of water is dangerous, as chicks could drown.
7 Phurba was ready to introduce the chicks to their new home.
8 Chicks can be very thirsty when they arrive, so one by one, Phurba gently picked up the chicks, dipping their bills in the water, showing them where to drink.
9 Most baby bird loss is caused because the bird doesn't start to eat or drink.
10 At 3-days-old, this one certainly knew how to quench a thirst!
11 To keep the chicks healthy, it's important to clean and change these waterers a few times a day.
12 This is one style of chick feeder, designed to allow several chicks feed at once and to keep the food nicely contained.
13 This is another style of chick feeder.
14 Both are filled with a special organic chick starter feed, formulated with everything chick require to grow into healthy layers.
15 You can estimate that 10 chicks will consume about a pound of starter feed per day. With 34 chicks, that's more than 3-pounds per day!
16 Chickens start to lay eggs about 4 or 5 moths of age. Young chickens are called pullets and pullets lay small-size eggs.
17 Chickens lay best during their first year and each year after that, their production decreases.
18 Daylight affects egg laying and summer is the high laying season. In the winter, with fewer daylight hours, egg production drastically decreases. I do not keep lights on to simulate daylight, as commercial plants do.
19 Black Copper Marans - They lay a deep, rich, chocolate brown egg.
20 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte - A very dependable layer of brown eggs
21 Blue Ameraucana - a hen of good temperament that lays light blue to greenish blue eggs
22 Olive Egger - This is a new breed that lays olive green eggs.
23 Lavender Orpington - When mature this hen is actually a light lavender color and lays light brown eggs.
24 My invoice which says 32, but 2 extra chicks were delivered.
25 In addition to the beautiful chicks, Traci brought me another wonderful gift!
26 It's her new book, My Pet Chicken Handbook, co-written with Lissa Lucas. It's filled with sensible advice and savvy answers for raising backyard chickens. Thank you Traci! I can't read enough about this subject.