Once chicks or ducklings arrive, introduce them to the brooding area. Water, at room temperature, should be available, but wait a couple hours to introduce feed.  This gives chicks a couple hours to drink and rehydrate before they start eating. Dip the beaks of several babies into the water to help them locate it. These chicks or ducklings will then teach the rest of the group to drink. Monitor the group to ensure everyone is drinking within the first couple hours.

Once chicks or ducklings arrive, introduce them to the brooding area. Water, at room temperature, should be available, but wait a couple hours to introduce feed. This gives chicks a couple hours to drink and rehydrate before they start eating. Dip the beaks of several babies into the water to help them locate it. These chicks or ducklings will then teach the rest of the group to drink. Monitor the group to ensure everyone is drinking within the first couple hours.

like a rock, Plymouth Rock ... an all-around chick ... robust, even-tempered ... check out those yellow legs

like a rock, Plymouth Rock ... an all-around chick ... robust, even-tempered ... check out those yellow legs

This is a Wyandotte hen with chick. This breed comes in many color combinations - this being my personal favorite.

This is a Wyandotte hen with chick. This breed comes in many color combinations - this being my personal favorite.

Fiery-throated Hummingbird - There are about 338 different species of hummingbirds. There are few other birds that rival the spectacular iridescence of the Fiery-throated Hummingbird. Found only in the cloud forest of Costa Rica and western Panama.

Fiery-throated Hummingbird - There are about 338 different species of hummingbirds. There are few other birds that rival the spectacular iridescence of the Fiery-throated Hummingbird. Found only in the cloud forest of Costa Rica and western Panama.

What should you feed your new chicks?  For chicks who will later lay eggs, select a feed that has 18% protein, like Purina® Start & Grow® Premium Poultry Feed.   For meat birds and mixed flocks, choose a complete feed with 20% protein, like Purina® Flock Raiser® Crumbles.   Transition layer chicks onto a higher-calcium complete feed, like Purina® Layena® Crumbles or Pellets, when they begin laying eggs at age 18 to 20 weeks.

What should you feed your new chicks? For chicks who will later lay eggs, select a feed that has 18% protein, like Purina® Start & Grow® Premium Poultry Feed. For meat birds and mixed flocks, choose a complete feed with 20% protein, like Purina® Flock Raiser® Crumbles. Transition layer chicks onto a higher-calcium complete feed, like Purina® Layena® Crumbles or Pellets, when they begin laying eggs at age 18 to 20 weeks.

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