Success With Baby Chicks: A Complete Guide to Hatchery Selection, Mail-Order Chicks, Day-Old Chick Care, Brooding, Brooder Plans, Feeding, and Housing
Success With Baby Chicks: A Complete Guide to Hatchery Selection, Mail-Order Chicks, Day-Old Chick Care, Brooding, Brooder Plans, Feeding, and Housing by Robert Plamondon
Years ago, when we decided we would order a rather large amount of chicks from the hatchery for the first time, we were both excited and nervous. After many trips to the library reading various books regarding the care and raising of poultry, we decided to purchase this book online from amazon. We made sure to read the book in it's entirety before the chicks arrived. When you decide to order a good amount of chicks - 25 or more, it's a big change compared to having just a handful of chicks from the local feed store. The rules change quite a bit with larger flocks and this handy little book teaches you these new rules clearly and easily.
Success With Baby Chicks does exactly what it says, it provides the reader with the necessary information to raise mail order chicks. We found ourselves continuously referring to it throughout our very first mail order chick process. This slender little book helped us understand what is happening when you have many chicks in a relatively small space. One example of this book saving us is pasty butt. Even with our constant care and watchful eyes, many of our chicks developed pasty butt. Without this book, we wouldn't have even knew what it was or that it could prove fatal if not treated. With much patience and an extremely gentle hand, we battled through pasty butt, not loosing a single chick. While I am on the subject, I'd like to mention that we have since eradicated pasty butt by raising our chicks outdoors. You can learn more about this by clicking on the link below titled Ordering Chicks From The Hatchery.
This isn't a big hard covered book filled with pretty pictures. What this is, is an educational book for those serious about raising chicks rather than those who just want to dream about it. (There is nothing wrong with you dreamers, I am simply pointing out that this probably isn't the book for you.) From various housing options, heat lights, food needs, drafts, medical issues, and more, it is all covered in this book.
If you are planning on ordering chicks from the hatchery or getting any large amount of chicks, I strongly recommend you get this book first and read it. Then when something starts to go wrong, you will know what you are looking at, and as a result, will know what actions you need to take. This is without a doubt a great book to have on hand for anyone serious about raising chicks.
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