CARE OF BABY POULTRY:
Chickens, Ducks, Geese and Guineas
We guarantee poultry to arrive alive and in good condition. If for some reason they do not, replacements will be made, credit or refund. 90% accurate true to sex on sexing of the birds.
AT NO TIME WILL OUR GUARANTEE EXCEED THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE.It is important to follow care and brooding instructions closely to insure getting birds off to a good start.
ARRIVAL DATE be sure to have some flexible time to pick up your poultry at the post office, sometimes they do not arrive when expected due to reasons we cannot control such as hatching and shipping delays.
FIRST DAY INSTRUCTIONS have a clean draft free pen with fresh water and new feed. When baby poultry arrives make sure they drink water then give them feed. Guinea Keets need to have room temperature water upon arrival and smash their feed to be smaller for the first couple days. A one foot high chick guard should be used around chicks brooding area to keep them near the heat source and stop any drafts, it can be taken away after 10 days.
TEMPERATURE for the first week at chick height should be 90-95 degrees. Decrease the temperature 5 degrees per week until temperature of 65 is reached. Turkeys and pheasants start 5 degrees higher. A brooder lamp (heat bulb) 4 bulb, 250-watt is sufficient for 300 chicks; lesser amounts can be brooded with a single lamp.
WATCH THE BEHAVIOR to determine if it’s warm enough. When cold they will be loud and huddle close together, if comfortable they will be reasonably quiet and will be eating, drinking or sleeping.
BEDDING use 2 to 4 inches of dry litter, such as pine wood shavings, chopped straw or other appropriate bedding, do not use newspaper or other slick material, this can cause legs to slip out from underneath them and cause serious leg problems. Do not use bedding such as cedar chips, treated shavings, large thick wood chips or dusty sawdust.
FEED & WATER Use a good starter feed, ( local feed dealer) then switch to a grower feed. Two 1-gallon waters and two 24-inch feeders per 100 chicks when they are little and then use larger waters and feed containers as they get older. When weather permits and the young poultry are old enough you can let them outside. Granite grit helps their digestive system for meat birds, calcium grit for layers when ready to lay eggs.
Feed: Use a well-balanced Non-Medicated Feed, medicated
Chick/turkey feed will kill goslings & ducklings (ask your feed dealer what’s available) starter crumbs for 3-4 weeks, then grower pellets. Water fowl also like green grass, start them slowly on grass don’t let them over do it.
Health: Access to drinking water at all time, and since they wern’t hatched by their mother they don’t have her protective oil on their down to repel water and can only swim for short periods of time until they start to sink. They do not get their feathers until they are 4 or 5 weeks old, meaning they shouldn’t be left outside in the cold or rainy weather.