James Hill Goats

Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats for milk, pet or show


The chicks arrive...

Posted by jameshillgoats on October 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

  The chicks arrived on time after a month of eager waiting. They arrived with no casualtys but, one poor chick had an extreme birth defect. He arrived with a serious crook beak.  Mom had to humanely dispatch the chick because, he would die of starvation.  The crook beak wouldn't allow him to eat.

I ordered 18 chicks, 6 each of buff laced, gold laced and silver laced Polish.  The gold laced are my favorites.  I am hoping to get at least one nice breeding pair (or trio!) of each to start my Polish project.  Later, I intend to add a frizzle.  Those crazy feathers just crack me up! 

The rest were uninjured and arrived safely.  Or brooder set-up is simple:  a large plastic tub with a wire cover, with a brooder light on top. We have use a bright 60 watt bulb to keep them warm on cold fall nights.  After a week of so, we will change to a 40 watt bulb for two weeks, followed by a 25 watt red bulb.  The red color helps keep them from pecking at each other as they will do when they get a little older.  

Soon they will become larger and more active.  One day they will be bred to produce newer, brighter, richer color feathers, and add white eggs to the color spectrum of eggs in our basket!

Categories: A young man and his "chicks"...

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