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What's the best food for new chicks?

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Optimal Food For New Chicks – Egg Laying And Broiler Chicks New chicks have specific nutritional requirements that allow them to quickly reach critical body weight at an early age. Both beginner and advanced farmers generally purchase commercially manufactured feed to ensure they are giving their newly hatched chicks the correct concentrations of protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In short, avoid attempting to make your own chick feed if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Chicks that don’t consume the proper chick feed suffer from leg issues, slow growth, the inability to feather normally, and high body...

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Baby Chick Heating Schedule

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What Should Be My Heating Schedule For New Chicks? Chicks are sensitive to cold temperatures and require a brooder designed to maintain optimal conditions. Baby chicks require the highest temperature immediately after they hatch and benefit from a slight reduction in temperature every week. Within 5 to 8 weeks, chicks should have all their adult feathers and be ready to join the other chickens in the coop. Let’s take a look at the optimal temperature schedule for your baby chicks and what can happen if the brooder gets too cold or too hot. The general rule is to start with...

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Tomato Frog Care Guide

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Tomato Frog Care Guide Table of Contents Ask an Expert Tomato frogs are unique and beautiful pets.  But their temperament and habitat requirements may make them difficult to care for.  New and experienced owners can ask their questions on our Tomato Frog forum.  Our informed community and zoologists will help guide you in the right direction. What Are Tomato Frogs? Round and red, this species is found exclusively in Madagascar along the eastern rainforest belt of the island. Tomato frogs primarily inhabit rainforests and swamp forests, where they prefer slow moving, almost stagnant waterways and ponds. The frogs sold in...

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Kenyan Sand Boa Care Guide - The Critter Depot

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Kenyan Sand Boa Care Guide Table of Contents Ask an Expert Kenyan Sand Boas are unique and beautiful pets.  But their temperament may make them difficult to care for.  New and experienced owners can ask their questions on our Kenyan Sand Boa forum.  Our informed community and zoologists will help guide you in the right direction. Kenyan Sand Boa Basics The Kenyan sand boa (Eryx colubrinus) has a dedicated and growing following due to its manageable size, passive personality, and simplicity of care.  Also referred to as the East African sand boa, these gentle and attractive snakes are great for...

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What bedding material should I use for my chicken brooder?

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What Bedding Can I Use In My Chicken Brooder?  You have your chick brooder designed and are ready to put your baby chicks in it, but don’t know what type of bedding material to use. While it would seem like any soft, absorbent material is fine for bedding, this is not always the case, as some materials are toxic and others are subpar. Here we will look at what type of bedding material to use to keep your egg laying chicks warm and safe so they make it to adulthood.  Ideal Bedding For Your Chicken Brooder The ideal bedding materials...

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