We decided to get a few baby chicks again this year. It’s fun to continue to build our flock and with the barn it makes it pretty easy to get them started. No more days of raising chicks in the bathtub or laundry room, hooray! These guys, I mean girls, were only a few days old so they have needed it to stay pretty warm at all times (the recommendation is around 90 degrees). Each week we can lower the temp by about 5 degrees. I do this by raising the heat lamps up and then getting rid of one all together. If the chicks don’t stay at a fairly constant temp it can cause issue with their growth and I have seen it manifest itself in leg problems. I don’t feed my chicks medicated starter but that is up to each individual owner. I do however supplement their water with some kind of electrolyte. This helps especially if they can’t get out into the sunshine for a while because of the weather. Once the weather is warm enough we get the chicks outside as much as possible for short periods of time. They get the nutrients they really need from eating bugs and grass and playing in the sunshine. I have seen a huge difference in the health of birds that I haven’t been able to get outside enough. Overall it really is a pretty easy task to take on. My kids love to watch these babies grow and although it won’t be for quite a while I love to eat the fresh eggs they lay each day!