Spring time is here. The violets and daffodils are blooming. There are more warm days than cold ones
I put a bit of hay and even the little bit of grass that came in their box in the pen to give them a spot to sleep. It is important that this be kept fresh because it will get fouled quickly. It is not really a good idea to use newspaper for this job because it can cause leg problems for the birds. I do not like cedar shavings or any kind of treated wood. Do not use sawdust either because the babies peck at everything and they can peck at the shavings and end up choking or not eating enough proper food. My pens do not even need bedding because there is a wire bottom where the droppings can fall through to a pan that can be emptied and washed every day. I simply add a bit back in the corner for bedding. If your setup is not like this then you will need bedding material distributed all over to catch the droppings.
As you transfer the chicks and ducks to their new home it is important to inspect them and make sure they do not have any pasting problems. This is where poo has dried and pasted up their vent. It will be obvious with dried poo on their back side. This can be deadly if not dealt with. To take care of this just wash the chick with warm water and removed the dried poo. Be sure to dry the chick well and put them near the heat after they are clean. If they still have an umbilical cord do not remove it. Allow that to fall off naturally.
You will be amazed how quickly your baby chicks will grow. If you see them pecking on each other then expand their space. If they are flying out of their space you can cover it with some chicken wire or bird net. They can be moved outside full time at about 4 to 5 weeks if the weather is at least 65 degrees. They should be laying their first eggs at about 4 to 5 months. With good care you should have a happy flock that lays for you in a few short months.
Until Next Time