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Buy everything for successful chick rearing at Agrarzone
As a rule, hens can raise their chickens without human intervention. Humans only have to ensure the optimal conditions for natural chick rearing. Sometimes, however, it is necessary that humans have to help with the rearing of chicks.
Those who raise chickens themselves do not have to buy new pullets every few years and are very familiar with the breeding and laying behavior of their laying hens. With a careful selection of the parent animals, you create a healthy and easy-to-lay chicken stock and thus ensure optimal chick rearing.
Whether egg incubator, infrared reflector or chick feed - at Agrarzone you will find everything you need for successful chicken and chick rearing. In this section you can read what you need to consider when raising chicken chicks and how you can raise chicks successfully and appropriately.
You need that for rearing chicks
Laying nest for chickens: Our laying nests made of plastic or wood offer chickens a clean environment for laying eggs.
Artificial eggs for chicken breeding: Increase the ease of laying chickens with nest eggs in a natural way. Should the chickens lay their eggs in a certain area? The chicken eggs made of wood or tone signal the optimal laying place for the chickens.
Egg testing lamp: With the egg test lamp you can follow the development of the embryos contained in the eggs and thus ensure successful chicken breeding.
Egg incubators: Our incubators with a digital thermometer are available with different egg capacities, performance and with or without an automatic egg rotator. See below how to choose the right incubator for your chicken breeding.
Motor for egg incubator: A servomotor for incubators ensures an automatic rotation of the eggs in incubators with a manual rotation.
Infrared reflector: Nest heat is important for newborn or young chicks for future development and successful chicken breeding. Our infrared reflectors have enough ventilation slots for better air circulation and some are available with an economy switch. So you can create a cozy nest warmth for your chicks.
Hard glas infrared lamp: A hard glass heat lamp is the ideal accessory for your radiant heater and supports the growth and recovery of the chicks during the chicken breeding.
Hot plate for chicks: A hot plate provides chicks with natural warmth, like the mother hen, where the chicks themselves use the heat when they need it. Height-adjustable, safe and energy-saving, this heating plate is the solution for every successful chick rearing.
Optimal chick home: So that the chicks feel good, the chick home should meet the needs of the chicks. A close-meshed chick pen, equipped with lots of litter and a chicken fence, effectively protects your chickens from leaving the intended area.
Chick feed & Chick feed trough: During chick rearing, ideally feed your chicks with a rich chick feed that you offer to the young poultry in a species-appropriate chick feed trough. You can ensure a sufficient water intake of the chicks with a poultry waterer.
- Hygiene & Cleanliness: A clean home is particularly important for successful chicken breeding. With a broom, bucket, shovel, Squeegee & Pusher and suitable work clothes, the chick home is clean in no time!
Chick Rearing Instructions - Raising Chicks? Here's how it works!
Usually the mother hen looks after the rearing of the young chicks. It not only ensures that the chicks choose the right food and provides them with enough nest warmth, the mother hen protects the chicks from possible threats such as Predators or other chickens. In the first eight weeks of life, the chicks learn from their mother hen everything they need for a later chicken life.
For a successful chick rearing by a mother hen is relatively easy compared to the artificial chick rearing. You just have to create the framework for successful chicken breeding, which would be:
- A clean and dry chicken coop
- Sufficient Chicken Feed & Chick feed
- Regular water intake
- Enough freedom of movement & exercise
This is what chicken chicks need for an artificial chick rearing
Chickens without a hen are a bit more difficult, but with the right know-how You can successfully raise your chicks without a mother. In the following sections you will find all the information you need for species-appropriate chick rearing.
1. Chick rearing in the incubator - How to choose the right egg incubator
In natural chicken breeding, the hen hatches eggs for weeks and ensures that the young chicks develop splendidly. It keeps the temperature comfortably warm and turns the eggs at least once a day so that the embryos do not stick to the eggshell.
With our egg incubators, this process is largely automatic. The incubators are not only suitable for the brood of chicken eggs, but also for those of geese, ducks, turkeys, guinea fowl, pheasants, partridges and quail.
To choose the right egg incubator, you should ask yourself the following questions:
How many chicken eggs are hatched regularly?
Egg incubators have different egg capacities. If you keep a lot of chickens and if you want to achieve profitable business success with your chicken breeding, then it is recommended to use an incubator with a larger egg capacity. An incubator with a lower egg capacity is completely sufficient for private chicken husbandry and chick raising or small egg farms.
Overview of egg incubator capacities:
- Chicken rearing incubator MINI 230V: For up to 16 chicken eggs
- Chicken rearing incubator Covatutto 16 L: For up to 16 chicken eggs
- Chicken rearing incubator Covatutto 24: For up to 108 chicken eggs
- Chicken rearing egg incubator Covatutto Maxi: For up to 24 chicken eggs
- Chicken rearing egg incubator Big: For up to 54 chicken eggs
- Chicken rearing egg incubator Covatutto 108: For up to 108 chicken eggs
- Chicken rearing egg incubator Covatutto 162: For up to 162 chicken eggs
Incubator with automatic egg rotator or manual operation?
Regular rotation of the eggs is particularly important for the embryos, so that they do not stick to the egg shell and malformations develop from them. The eggs should be rotated 180 ° in a 1 hour cycle. Many of our incubators are equipped with a manual egg rotator. Some of these incubators can be expanded with a practical Motor for egg incubator, which takes over the turning process of the eggs at regular intervals and thus makes a significant contribution to successful chick breeding.
The Chicken rearing incubator Covatutto 16 L already has an integrated servomotor for automatic egg rotation and is suitable for all types of eggs.
Do you hatch eggs from different poultry or larger eggs at the same time?
If you hatch eggs from various poultry such as geese, ducks, turkeys, guinea fowl, pheasants, partridges and quail, their eggs will be larger or smaller accordingly and you will have to adjust the speed of the egg incubator. Accordingly, choose an egg incubator with several layers and movable spacers for different egg sizes. Depending on the poultry breed, each layer should be able to be operated with a separate motor.
Matching egg incubators for chick breeding:
2. Cozy warmth for chicks - How to generate the optimal warmth
Note that the chicken chicks in natural brood are protected and warmed by the hen's plumage during the first weeks of life. Of course, this is not possible with artificial chick rearing. There are various ways in which you can create an external heat source for a comfortably warm chick home. These heat sources can also be wonderfully combined:
Infrared reflector: Infrared reflectors provide sufficient nest warmth for newborn or young chicks. The aluminum screen is equipped with many ventilation slots to ensure better air circulation during chicken breeding. The hard glas infrared lamp is protected by a grid and a fastening chain is included. With a infrared reflector with power saving switch you save additional energy and can still generate a cozy nest warmth for your chicks.
Hot plate for chicks: The advantage of a hot plate is that, thanks to the height-adjustable feet, you are guaranteed to be able to set the right comfort temperature. The heat generated is lifelike, as is the case with the mother hen, in which the chicks themselves seek the heat when they need it.
Our Comfort hot plate for chicks can be used flexibly and has an extremely low power consumption: The heating plate is up to 5 times more energy-efficient than a conventional heating lamp and has been successfully used by chicken breeders, chicken fattening farms and private chicken farmers for decades.
3. The right temperature for rearing chicks
The comfortable temperature during the chicken breeding should be between 31 and 37 degrees in the first week. You can attach a thermometer to measure the comfortable temperature. You can also tell from the behavior of the chicks whether the temperature for chick rearing is optimally selected:
- If the chicks are lying limp in a corner of the cage, then it is probably too hot for them and you should hang the heat source higher.
- If all the chicks huddle close together under the warming lamp, then the chicks are probably too cold. In that case, hang the heat source slightly lower.
4. Chick enclosure and location - The optimal equipment of the chick home
In order to maintain peace in the chicken group, newly hatched chicks should not immediately run around with the other chickens in the chicken coop. It is best to keep the chicks in their own chick pen for the first few weeks. The high walls of the chick home should block the drafts and still intercept enough daylight.
It is best to use a poultry enclosure with a close-meshed grid so that no pests such as mice or predators can enter. A maximum of 15 chicken chicks of large chicken breeds or 20 chicks of small dwarf breeds may be kept per square meter.
Dusty bedding like sawdust can cause respiratory problems during chicken breeding. Rather use dust-free bedding such as sand, hay, straw or shavings and combine different bedding as possible. This stimulates the natural picking and pawing behavior of the young chicks and ensures that the chicks are kept in the right way.
5. What do chicks eat? Feed chicken chicks properly with suitable chick feed
In the first hours after hatching, the chicks feed exclusively on the yolk sac, which is drawn in through the umbilical opening shortly before the hatch hatches. After 48 hours you can offer the chicks a species-appropriate chick feed. In our Agrarzone chicken feed shop you will find a large selection of nutritious and healthy Chick starters.
It is best to feed the chicks with a special chick feed trough and fill the poultry waterer with fresh water every day. A bowl of sand and finely crushed mussel grit, which the young chicks need for their metabolism, is also indispensable for successful chick breeding.
6. Hygiene and cleanliness in the chick pen
In order to prevent illnesses and deaths during the chicken breeding, a high level of cleanliness is essential in the chick home. Clean the chick feed trough and the poultry drinker daily and remove the remaining food from the previous day.
The litter should also be changed daily when breeding chickens, which is very important, especially when it is damp. With a broom, bucket, shovel, Squeegee & Pusher and suitable work clothes, the chick home is clean in no time!
7. Off into the open! Instructions: Get the chick used to the other chickens
If the chickens grow up artificially - without a hen - then the young pullets that have grown up can slowly get used to the existing group of chickens at around 8 weeks. A slow habitation of the pullets divides the poultry optimally into the existing group and ensures a good climate among the conspecifics.
- The young pullets come into an area separated by a chicken fence in the chicken coop. In this way, the pullets, but also the existing group, can get used to the new roommates.
- The chicken fence is partially opened after about 3-4 days. The young hens can already inspect the chicken coop and make contacts. The young chickens continue to receive water and feed in their separate area.
- After 4-10 days you can remove the chicken fence. Make sure that the group harmonizes with each other. If the pullets are heavily chopped by the other chickens, the separate retreat area should remain for longer.
Good to know: If the chicken chicks are naturally raised by a mother hen, the chicks with mother hen can already be placed with the other chickens at the age of about 5 weeks. The hen will protect and guard your chicks for the next few weeks until the group is in harmony.
Practical products for poultry farming & chick rearing:
- Chicken Feed
- Electric fence for Poultry
- Chicken Door
- Poultry Rearing
- Poultry Waterer
- Chicken Coop
- Feeding Trough Poultry
- Poultry Transport Box
- Grain Mill
- Plucking Machine
- Poultry Accessories
Your advantages at Agrarzone
Free returns: This applies to all package deliveries that are returned within 30 days. You can also return freight forwarding goods within 30 days. However, the cost of returning the goods by forwarding company have to be paid by the customer.
No risk thanks to the 30-day money-back guarantee: If your purchased product is not right for you, you can return the item to us within 30 days of delivery without giving any reason. We will then refund the full purchase price.
Poultry feed shipping - buy chicken feed online & have it conveniently delivered: We ship our poultry feed throughout Europe in environmentally friendly and tear-resistant paper bags, which are packed in sturdy double-walled shipping boxes. Our short delivery times help you to always have enough fresh poultry feed in stock and you get the chicken feed conveniently at home.