Our chicks were already six days old when we bought them. They have beautiful wing weathers that, with their creamy color, look like angel wings! For now, we’re keeping them indoors in a plastic “chick carrier” we got from my father-in-law. It’s heated by a light bulb. We started with a 75-watt bulb, but the chicks were staying away from it, so we figured they were a bit too warm. The 40-watt bulb seems to work well for them now. With each day that passes, they will need less heat. Newly hatched chicks start off needing 90°F temperatures, but by 21 days, they can deal with 34°F if they’re accustomed to the colder temperature gradually.
Enjoy some more pics of our six-day-old darlings! (That paper towel roll is to prevent them from lying down on top of the feed–it’s apparently a very comfortable spot.)