How to care for a chick
Chicks are one of the most common birds and pets in homes. When they are small they have a touch and funny behavior, which makes the little ones in the house fall in love. But although the chicks are endearing, we have to follow some basic guidelines to take care of them. Here at, we tell you how to care for a chick and give it a healthy life.You will need to:
- A cage or box of medium size.
- Container with water and food.
- Infrared light lamp or rags that give heat.
Once the chick arrives at our home, we have to provide adequate shelter where we can shelter and spend time.
In this first step we can acquire or build a cage or corral considering that the chick will grow.
This cage must be conditioned to be habitable and healthy.
For this we will have a bed of straw or disposable paper to absorb moisture and can itself be his nest .
Keep in mind that this cage is protected from drafts and high temperatures. At the same time, it can not be closed completely so that it is always ventilated.
The cage, we will clean it periodically changing the base for a clean, to protect the health of the chick.
An important aspect of the cage or pen is its security. This cage or pen should protect the chick from dogs, cats and other animals that may attack them. They are fragile and small, being an easy prey for cats.
In addition to the structure of the cage or pen, while they are young, the chicks need a source of constant heat to stay between 37ºC and 39ºC. This heat source could be an infrared light lamp.
The chicks feed and drink throughout the day. It is therefore important to have one container for water and one for food. When the chick is a baby, we will feed it.
During the first days the chick may not eat anything. When they are born they have food reserves that can last two to three days. Instead it is important that they always have a bowl of water and learn where it is. Keep in mind that it is big so you have reservations but that you can not fall inside and drown.
During the growth period, the chicks feed on powdered corn . As they grow, they can be given crushed oats or corn kernels to help them digest them.
It is also advisable to go to a foraging or veterinary center where to obtain fodder for birds. It is important to keep in mind that this diet is not fattening, since they have hormones that will accelerate their growth.
During the first days the chicks go through the process of imprinting. During this phase the chicks recognize their mother and establish an intense bond with her. By separating the chick from its mother, it will recognize us as a mother, expect us to brood it and show it what it can eat and what it can not eat.
So that during all the time he feels accompanied, the best thing is to have several chicks, in this way they give company to one another.
It is important to make sure that the chick has the necessary vaccines to guarantee its health. Do not hesitate to consult with a veterinarian or bird specialist, so that they apply the required vaccines in your area.Tips
- The temperature of the breeding area should be maintained between 37º and 39º for good growth.
- Clean the area or box where the chick is located daily.
- If you are going to use a box, remember to make small holes to allow the chick to breathe.
- If you have doubts about your health, consult your veterinarian.