This is our chick set up, it isn't the only way or even the best way to do it, but it is how we do it.
Don't judge. We still don't have our baseboards put back on and yes, those are Christmas wreaths on the windows! In my own defense they are outside, I will need a ladder to remove them, and there is a huge pile of snow under the windows.
We have the girls in the school room up on a bench to make it easier to get into them, but they would do just fine on the ground as well.
Things you will need:
- Something to keep them contained. We use a rabbit hutch, but a cardboard box with wood shavings in the bottom will work just fine. Don't invest in something elaborate, they will soon outgrow this.
- Heat. Chicks need to be kept quite warm, a heat lamp is a great option, we have a 250 watt bulb. If they are too cold, they will huddle together right under the lamp, you will know you need to add more heat. If they are too warm they will get as far away from the lamp as possible, which means it is time to raise the lamp up. If they are just right, they will scamper all over the area happily.
- Fresh food. We are currently just using a plastic bowl. You will need to purchase chick starter. Note: most chick starters have antibiotics in the feed, so if you do not want antibiotics, make sure you check the packaging.
- Fresh water: I really like the plastic waterer we have (in the right hand corner of the cage) it was just a few dollars and gives them a good supply of water.
- Love: of course! I like to have my girls well socialized and comfortable being handled. We get the girls out as often as we can.
- Roost (optional): Just for fun, we like to see the girls practicing on their roost. We just use a wooden dowel through the bars of the cage.
- Entertainment: Also optional.