Having baby chicks is so much fun. They are so adorable! What a story I have that goes with them also! So come and Meet Our Baby Chicks!
So, I wanted to hatch baby chicks this past spring, but we didn’t really have anywhere to put them. We decided that it would probably be better to just wait until next year.
Then, I found some eggs under the porch. Not sure which hen it was. I had two broody hens at the time, so I decided to mark them and place them in the chicken coop under one of them.
Okay, okay I know stupid right? The night before was a SUPER strange cold night for us here in Florida. It got down in the 40’s I believe. I didn’t think the eggs would be any good. I just figured it would give the hens something to sit on for a little while…
I didn’t think about counting the days or anything. It seemed like the eggs were way past being 21 days old and IF they were viable I thought they would’ve hatched already. My husband said we just need to throw them out. Surely, they’re all bad eggs now. I agreed, but it was too late that night to do it then so…
The following morning, as my husband opens the chicken coop he hears cheep cheep and looks in and there is a baby chick running around inside!
My husband comes inside, where I’m sleeping in (good husbands let us do that kinda thing) and he says “We have a baby chick.” Of course, I thought he was playing a RUDE prank on me. I am a big grump before coffee, let’s face it! So, I rolled over and said “No we don’t, stop joking…
He wasn’t joking. So I put my shoes on and headed outside. The chick had gone and hid under his mom by the time I got outside, so I didn’t get a peek at it until later that evening. This was a believe it when I see it kinda thing. I still kinda thought he might be playing a joke on me. He does all the time!
Meet Our Baby Chicks
Here’s the first baby chick… Her name is Angel. I named her Angel because her wings look like Angel wings…
The second baby chick didn’t arrive until the second week. By then Angel was pretty big!
The second baby ended up being named Fat Boy. I knew right away that he was a rooster. He was FAT. Seriously, you could just tell he was so stout, and plump.
The third baby chick that was born, I’m pretty sure it was June.
More pictures of chicks below, but first here’s part of the story of why the chicks didn’t stay outside with mom…
One day, one of my kids came inside and said there’s a baby chick in the coop with bloody eyes. I slip on my shoes and run to the coop. Surely enough, I find a sweet baby close to the end of the coop a foot away from his mom (it was FAT BOY.)
He is just standing there with bloody eyes, cheeping his heart out, and looking so pitiful. I pick him up and mom doesn’t even flinch. That’s pretty surprising because she usually is very protective of them!
I take him inside. Not knowing what to do, because I don’t have a safe heat source, extra feeders/waterers (here’s a similar product of what I use now) or a place for him to sleep inside! Ahh!
So I quickly make a rice bag with fabric. I heat it up gently and grab a small container to put both of them in. I ran to town to try to find a heat source and other supplies. In early springtime, Tractor Supply was selling a little brooder box set so I figured I would just pick that up.
When I got there, I couldn't find it. Apparently, they only keep them in stock while they are selling baby chicks (said a store clerk). The time had passed for this window of opportunity, apparently.
The only thing they sell at this time is a gigantic heat lamp. Which if you are using a large plastic box, and a clip-on heat lamp, it doesn't work very well. I know, because I bought one at the suggestion of said clerk, and drove all the way home and tried it.
The lamp lights up the entire plastic container (we had one like this). I had a BIG one too. The baby chicks need some space to be away from the light, so they don't get too hot.
Before jumping in the car to return the lamp, I had to get another baby chick and take it inside. It was out of the coop with no way back in. The coop is too high off the ground. So, then I noticed the other baby chick was out of her nest too. This one was with mom, but I was worried about it not being able to access food, and water.
So I had three chicks inside. I made a bigger rice bag for them to all enjoy the heat from.
Once I got them situated, I took the lamp back to the store. I spoke to a couple of different people in town about my situation. Someone suggested a clip-on desk lamp with a reptile light bulb.
NOTE: Heat lamps are not the safest source of heat. I don't suggest using them. I only used this in a pinch, and I never left my house while the light was turned on. Heat lamps are a HUGE fire risk! If you can, use a safer heat source.
I couldn't go all the way across town to the pet store, where the bulbs are. I needed to get back and warm up the rice bag for the baby chicks. So, my husband picked up a lamp at Walmart for me. The next morning he went and got a bulb for me too!
That night was rough. I had to wake up every couple of hours to warm up the rice bag. I wouldn't suggest using this method BTW! The heat causes moisture, a lot of moisture! I had to wrap the fabric in a plastic bag to keep the moisture down.
Anyhow, all of the chicks survived that rough night. We got the lamp going, and all was well. Ordering a safer heat source took a little bit of time for delivery since none of the stores here carry them. I just made sure not leave the heat lamp unattended at any time.
So, let's get into introducing the rest of the baby chicks. I'm not quite sure what the sequence of birth was for the rest of them, so I will just introduce the rest.
This is mustang. I couldn't find a better image of when she was younger, sorry! We joked about her having racing strips, and came up with that name. her stripes are gone, and in place is a gorgeous pattern on her feathers. She still has a little bit of eyeliner around her eyes, which I think is adorable!
I couldn't seem to find a baby picture of Angelina (Angel's twin.) Angelina, is more than a week younger than her sister twin. They seriously look just alike so far!
This next one is fudge. I was the most excited when I pulled this beauty out of the coop! Our darkest baby yet! Isn't she the most adorable sweet gal?!?!
This is Mohawk. Mohawk has a twin
brother er uh now a sister! Yep, a sister name Chicken Nugget. We originally thought they were both going to be roosters. That makes three TWO out of eight baby chicks, roosters. We named him Mohawk because he had a dark line on the back of his head when he was younger. Couldn't find any pictures or it though, sorry!
Mohawk and his sister, look eerily similar to their dad. I thought I would just pop a photo of him in here for reference. Seeing as they just look hilarious as baby chicks. I promise they grow up to be beautiful roosters.
Makes sense now huh?
So let's look at Chicken Nugget. I actually rescued this gal. So, Nugget hatched, and was in the process of drying out, but there was one issue. She wasn't under mom drying out.
During the heat of the day, it wasn't a big deal, but when the evening started setting in the temperature was unusually chilly. I checked in on mom once again and Nugget still was not dry and was still not under her. So I grabbed her up, and her poor little legs were freezing cold. I rushed her inside and got her under some heat.
I named her Nugget because she literally looked like one after she dried out (see bottom left picture above). She is one of my favorites. Probably because I saved her, and plus she has the best character. She is soooo nosey! Every time I got out to play with them, she is first in line.
Oh, and not to mention she has blue eyes!! Ahh, who can resist! Just look at my blue eyes and fall in lurv!
Update on Chicken Nugget: Nuggie as I affectionately called her, has passed away I believe. We aren't sure what got her, but her best friend Mohawk tried his best to protect her we believe but failed. We are super sad about this loss. Nugget was definitely my favorite chicken thus far. I saved her at birth, and she was the most loving chicken I've had to date. RIP my baby Chicken Nugget. :(
List of Items You May Need For Baby Chicks
- Chick Feed (We use this one or Purina found at Tractor Supply)
- Feeders/Waterers (We use similar ones to these)
- Safe Heat Source (This one is great)
- Bedding to cover the floor of their living quarters (We pick our up at Tractor Supply, they are usually out front)
- Chicken Brooder (here's one I recommend, picture below) or Plastic Tote (We have one like this, great quality!)
These have plenty of space to place a warmer inside as well as a waterer and feeder. Baby chicks with be safe, warm and well fed.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know our babies!
Also, check out Tastes Lovely. They have some adorable baby chicks to share too!
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