You can use a empty cardboard box for the chick housing we have also used plastic tubs, we currently use large metal water tanks..Cut small holes in the cardboard box to provide ventillation. Line the bottom of the box with pine shavings about one inch in thickness.
Food and Water
Purchase a chick waterer and chick feeder. These items help to avoid messes and injuries to the chicks.
Fill the bottle of the chick waterer with clean water and replace the base. Turn the waterer upside down to allow a small amount of water to fill the base. This water is enough to keep the chicks hydrated while avoiding the risk of drowning.Purchase chick feed and fill the bottle in the chick feeder with this feed. Replace the base and flip upside down, allowing gravity to to fill the base with food The food will continue to fill the dish as the chicks eat, and the small amount allowed in the dish at once prevents the chicks from making a mess with their food.Sprinkle grit on top of the chick feed to aid in digestion. Grit can be either sand, parakeet gravel or canary gravel. A special grit made just for chicks is also available online or in some farm animal care stores.
Purchase a 250-watt infrared heat lamp from a farm supply store. These lamps are usually available in the farm animal area
Suspend the lamp above the chick housing. The light should hang in the middle, high enough above the box to prevent the chicks from reaching it. The distance of the light can be increased as the chicks grow older and need less heat. A red lamp helps to allow the chicks to sleep at night, where a white lamp would cause sleep troubles.
Maintain a temperature of 95 degrees in the first week. The temperature should go down by five degrees each week until the chicks are ready to move outside.
Place netting over the top of the cardboard box to keep the chicks safe in their housing. Without netting the chicks may manage to fly to the edge of the box and may fall.
Avoid cedar shavings as a bedding. The oils can cause respiratory illness in chickens.
Avoid using a bowl or dish for water and food. Chicks can easily drown in these.
Basic styrafoam incubater instructions:Incubators should be placed in a room with little or no drafts. A temperature-controlled room where the average temperature does not fluctuate more than five degrees works well. Before hatching eggs in your incubator, you need to test the incubator. Plug the incubator in and adjust the temperature according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place a small thermometer inside and watch the temperature for 24 hours. The temperature should level off around 99.5 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave the incubator undisturbed for another 24 hours to make sure the temperature is stable. Once you are sure your incubator is working properly, add water to the trough at the bottom. If you are using an automatic egg turner, put it inside the incubator. The temperature varies depending on what type of egg you are incubating. If you are hatching chicken eggs, set the the temperature to 99.5 degrees.
You can always easily look up temperatures for other eggs on the internet. or contact me and i am always willing to help with any ?'s you may have.
Available: we have eggs in the incubater, or we currently have chicks just recentle hatched available.
we offer a rooster gaurantee, if you get to many roosters we will trade them for hens in that years coming fall time.
7 day chick guarantee, not to many hatcheries do this, we do and we can being a small home operation, if for some reason your chick dies we will gladly replace it.
Any questions give us a call and we will gladly answer them for you.
We can also ship day old chicks, all of our birds are pollerium tested.
We collect eggs for people who have paid for there orders and will happily ship them out within seven days of the order.( unless incubating season is slow then it may take a few weeks to get eggs properly shipped)
we also will guarantee a 75% hatch rate.. But on homemade and small styrafoam incubaters we will guarantee a 60% Hatch rate..... We will gladly replace eggs in a timely manner if anything would happen. We currently use a homemade incubater and are getting a 75% to 80% hatch rate.. In our manufactured incubater we are getting a 80% to 100% hatch rate...