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A baby chicken portrait. this checken is actually only 4 days old when this shot was taken. A school that I sub at hatched baby chicks from a science project of encubating eggs. this healthy specimen posed for his portrait to be taken.
Here's some more information on how to raise baby chicks from day 1 to four weeks
One Day to Four Weeks Old
To teach chicks about feed, put a piece of newspaper under feeder, sprinkle a commercial feed on paper and fill the feeder the first day you get your chicks.
Sprinkle baby grit on feed after the third day. Sprinkle lightly, as if you were salting your food.
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Dip each chick's beak into water before you place it in the cage. A 1-gallon chick waterer will water 50 birds.
Provide a heat source (a light bulb) for chicks. Use one 250-watt bulb for 50 chicks in cold weather and one bulb for 100 chicks in warm weather.
Place the light bulb about 18 inches above the floor.
Leave room in the cage for chicks to get away from heat if it gets too hot for them.
Maintain a temperature of 90 to 95 degrees F the first week; reduce by several degrees each week until you get to 70 degrees F.
Place cardboard or empty feed sacks around the outside of the cage for a while to keep cool air from blowing on chicks.
Place an inch of wood shavings, rice hulls or ground cobs on the bottom of the cage.
Provide six square inches (1/2 foot) of space for each bird.
February 11th, 2013
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