Food – Commercial starter can be used for the first 2 months. Some can be used longer depending on the
Water – Young birds need a steady supply of water. Provide approximately ½ gallon of water for every 25 birds. Sugar can be added to the water for the first couple of days to increase energy, up to 6 tablespoons per ½ gallon. As the birds grow, increase their water supply.
Heat/Light – Young birds need a temperature of 90-95 degrees for the first week. After that the temperature can be gradually reduced down to 70 degrees. By then the birds shouldn’t need heat. A heat bulb is a good source of heat and light. If using alternative heat, provide an adequate light source as well. The more natural light, the smaller amount of artificial light is needed.
Space – When starting chicks ½ a square foot per bird is recommended. Gradually increase this area as they grow.