Almost all chicks lost in a shipment are lost within 24-48 hours after arrival due to an improper brooding environment. It is critical to have a suitable environment prepared for your chicks before their arrival.
We have created this baby chick care guide as a resource for future flock owners of all experience levels. This care guide will walk you through the most important steps to take prior to the arrival of your chicks, outline critical care instructions for the first 24-48 hours, and provide instruction for maintaining a healthy brooding environment for the first 4-6 weeks before you put them out into the coop.
Regardless of whether you are a first time poultry owner or a seasoned veteran, please read through this baby chick care guide carefully to be sure you are following all necessary guidelines in providing a safe and healthy environment for your birds.
Note: You may use this care guide for poultry such as guineas, turkeys, and game birds, but please note that some modifications will need to be made to the brooding environment for certain types of poultry. For example, Guineas, Turkeys, and Gamebirds will need to be fed higher protein game bird starter feed rather than chick starter.