Baby Birds

The following photos are from various baby chick groups. Even so, we used the same technique and equipment to help them grow strong and healthy. 

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We got our first birds in 2001 from a local farmer that posted “chickens for sale’ at our local feed store. We got a mixture of Bantams and Orpingtons. A while later, we got some Guineas from a different farmer. The baby birds in the above photo are Lavender Orpingtons and Wyandottes that we got in 2012. Of the fifteen birds, would you believe that eight were roosters. Of those eight, one is with us today. His name is Lewis and he’s as gorgeous as ever. You’ll learn more about him later.
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Baby birds under a heat lamp in a galvanized tank. Several tasks are completed daily, refreshing water,  feeding, and cleaning the floor — always cleaning the floor.
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About three weeks old, heat lamps are available for them to get under — or not. I try to keep the pen at 100 degrees;  but this way they can adjust their own comfort level.
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These guys are ready for the outdoor chicken house.
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Hallelujah … today is the day the birds move outside. The next step is chicken house training. They stay in the house with a closed door for seven days. This way they learn to that this is home and will return here to roost. Yeahhhhhhhhhh. Birds are fun but it’s time for them to be outside. Orpingtons are docile, fun birds that are too heavy to fly high or for too far. Love these birds.
The Taxi helps in moving birds to the Chicken House. Happy Day for everyone.
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