HOW TO THINK LIKE A MOTHER HEN

Your Chickens - - Feature | Hatching -

• Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion; Keep very young chicks in­side where am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures are at least 15°C.

• Chicks are heat ex­perts! Watch and lis­ten to baby chicks. If they are cheep­ing un­hap­pily or are hud­dled to­gether while awake, they’re likely to be too cold. If they’re spread out around the edges of the brooder, away from the heat source, they could be too hot. Chicks that are com­fort­ably warm will be eat­ing, drink­ing, ex­plor­ing and cheep­ing hap­pily. Noisy chicks are un­happy chicks!

• Safety first; Choose a safe heat source and pro­vide only enough warmth ac­cord­ing to the chicks’ be­hav­iour.

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