The Complete Chick Care Guide

Baby chicks will be filling feed store bins and arriving in post offices around the country soon, so I have rounded up some tools to help the new chicken keeper with chicken breed selection, chick housing options, feeding questions and trouble-shooting problems common in baby chicks. If you are new to the chicken adventure, welcome! If you're an ol' pro, you still might find a few tips that will help you keep your chicks healthier and happier and keep your family safe while doing so.

Baby chicks begin filling feed stores and arriving in post offices around the country in late February each year, so I have rounded up some tools to help the new chicken keeper with chicken breed selection, chick housing options, feeding questions and trouble-shooting problems common in baby chicks.

If you are new to chickeneering, welcome! If you’re an ol’ pro, you still might find a few tips here that will help you keep your chicks healthier and happier and keep your family safe while doing so. The entire pet chicken experience is immeasurably more enjoyable when knowing what to expect.

Each topic below is a clickable link to its article on my blog.

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Getting Chickens

Some lessons in chicken care are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, my Facebook fans and I have written a of things we wish we had known before taking the chicken plunge.

Some lessons in chicken care are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, my Facebook fans and I have written a of things we wish we had known before taking the chicken plunge.

Tips for Breed Selection

The enormous array of breeds available to choose from can be daunting, but it's important to make an informed decision about breeds in order to avoid disappointment for the chicken keeper as well as unnecessary challenges for the chickens.

The enormous array of breeds available to choose from can be daunting, but it’s important to make an informed decision about breeds in order to avoid disappointment for the chicken keeper as well as unnecessary challenges for the chickens.

Buying Chickens to Start a Laying Flock

Where to buy chickens to start a laying flock

What You Need to Know About Vaccines, 
From Dr. Mike Petrik, The Chicken Vet

Tips for Choosing Healthy Chicks

How Much Heat Do Chicks Really Need?

Baby Chick Care Basics

Chick Care Basics www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

All chicks need to thrive is a caring chicken-keeper with safe, warm, spacious housing, food and clean water.

The Dangers of Heat Lamps & a Safe Alternative

Of all the advances in baby chick care in the past 10 years, the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder is the most important since it ensures that families are able to safety care for chicks without the fear of burning the house down.

Of all the advances in baby chick care in the past 10 years, the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder is the most important since it ensures that families are able to safety care for chicks without the fear of burning the house down.

The Ultimate Brooder Setup (with Video!)

The Ultimate Chick Brooder Setup

No need to invest in expensive housing for chicks- with a little creativity, you can make a brooder that perfectly accommodates day old chicks with the flexibility for expansion as they grow!

How to Sex Chickens

Even the most reliable sexing methods used by commercial poultry operations have a margin of error and sometimes chicks get mixed up in the bins at the feed store. Always have a plan for roosters if you cannot keep them and learn how to distinguish males from females as early as possible.

What to Feed Chicks

Chickens at different stages of development require different feed formulations. This article explains what they need at different ages and stages of development.

Treats: How Soon, How Much, Which Ones?

The wrong treats and treats in excess can be harmful to a chick’s health, stunt growth and shorten their lifespan. So, we should be aware of what can they eat, what should they not eat and how much is too much.

5 Common Problems in Chicks with Solutions!

The five most common problems in baby chicks are all easily treated.
The five most common problems in baby chicks are all easily treated.

 The five most common problems in baby chicks are all easily treated!

Picking, Causes, Prevention & Solutions

Picking can run rampant in a brooder, resulting in serious injuries and death, so it’s critical to control the factors that cause picking and address injuries urgently.

Picking can run rampant in a brooder, resulting in serious injuries and death, so it’s critical to control the factors that cause picking and address injuries urgently.

When Baby Chicks Need a Pedicure: Manure Balls

When to Move Chicks From Brooder to Coop

When to Move Chicks from Brooder to Coop

How to Reform a Broder Bully

Chicken First Aid Kit & Emergency Housing

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2020 years ago

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Georgia Watkins
Georgia Watkins
2020 years ago

Hi I just put my 6 wk old chick in the coop and OMG I’m having over night mother withdrawals ? Will they be ok outside all night by them selves ? Lol
Will they go I. The coop by them selves or do I have to show them ?
The weather is about 60 degree but raining a little

M Haney Ranch
M Haney Ranch
2020 years ago

I’m bringing in hatching eggs and would like best advice on preparing my brooder and grow-out pens (successively larger cages then pens) – all were cleaned well when last year’s babies moved into the adult coops / pens but should I re-clean them with a bleach-and-water spray or let the current yard bugs (germs) hang out in all but the baby brooder so the new birds can acclimate?

chickgirl
chickgirl
2020 years ago

hi does anyone know the temp polish eggs hatch at btw they are bantam is my first hatch & I am super nervous 🙂

chickgirl
chickgirl
2020 years ago

Hi I am trying to hatch some polish bantam eggs and have heard they need an exact temperature to hatch does anyone know what that temperature is? my first time hatching & don’t want to mess it up 🙂