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Day 7:

The chicks are much more independent and energetic, exploring their pen and not huddling together as much. There have been skirmishes and tug-of-wars over several worms and centipedes.

Sick Chick: One chick we noticed has a swollen eye. It’s quite infected. Worst of all she was being pecked at and losing some feathers. We have isolated her and put her in her own box with heat, water and food. Lalena put egg yolk oil in the chicks’ eye, which should speed up the healing. We’re hoping she will be able to rest and heal quickly in her own coop! We had her in her box near our work station today so we can keep an eye on her.

Day 3:

4:30 AM: The chicks are checked on and are doing fine! They’re not cold and seem to be happily playing about, only needing a change in water.

Day 2:

6 AM: Chicks arrive at the post office in Kona, shivering and a little flustered in their cramped cardboard box. Lalena drops them off at the farm and puts them in the brooder under the warmth of a 100 watt light-bulb.

8AM: Sarah arrives at the farm and fills the chick water-ers with Lalena’s electrolyte tea to recharge the chicks after their long journey. We introduce the chicks one by one to the watering system so they all know how to find it.

9AM: One of the chicks discovers an unfortunate worm in the brooder and several of the chicks try to snatch it before she sneaks off to devour her prize. We figure they are hungry for their first meal and fill the feeder with Country Feed’s Poultry Feed. We also introduce some Sow Bugs to them which offer some amusement to the chicks.

Behavior: At first the chicks were a little timid, and huddled together for warmth and security. Within a few hours they were running around, exploring, playing and eating/drinking plenty. They seem to have gotten over the shock of their journey and are acclimatizing to their new environment. The newborns have already had a lot of visitors as children from around the campus to see them. The chicks are likely to be very well adjusted and friendly to humans.

Recipe: Lalena’s home-made electrolyte tea:

1/gallon water

1/3 cup honey

1 tbs apple cider vinegar

2 cloves minced garlic

Day 1:

Chicks are born at a Hatchery in Honolulu and mailed in a cardboard box to Kona.

Day -5:

Weeks leading up to the Chick’s Arrival:

We are preparing for a new brood of laying hens, who will arrive when they are newly hatched from Honolulu. In the weeks in which we were expecting their arrival, we got the home ready for our new babies. Chicks are very fragile in the first days and weeks, and we need to fill all the needs that their mother hen would: warmth, food and water.

The Brooder:

Besides the large chicken shed, we have a very well built small shed which is most importantly Mongoose-Proof! The wire caging even runs into the floor of the cage so the mongoose can’t dig their way in. They are a huge threat to chickens here. For the baby chicks, we sectioned off half of the coop with a cardboard wall, a space of about 3X6 ft. The floor of the coop is wood shavings and natural farm mulch. We reinforced the walls with cardboard near the ground so that no cross-breeze will chill the chicks.

We hung a hundred watt light-bulb from an extension chord so that it’s proximity to the chicks is adjustable according to what they need.

The Waterers

We needed to make a waterer that would keep the water fresh and prevent the chicks from getting into the water and pooping or drowning. After some researched and failed attempts we came up with this design:

The base is made of two large sour cream containers. The bottom one is cut into a shallow dish. The top one is cut in sections for the chicks to put their face through. A whole is cut in the top and another hole is drilled near the base of the bottle to allow the water to seep out. The lid of the bottle must be on tight, creating a vacuum seal to ensure that all the water doesn’t flow out too fast.

The Feeder

We used a large ice-tea bottle and cut sections out at the bottom to allow the feed to fall out naturally to fill the shallow plastic dish we cut for the bottom out of a salad dressing container. We made sure it’s not too big so that the chicks can’t stand on it and poop in their feed.


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