1. Cover the floor of your pen with straw and cover the straw with newspapers for the next 2 days. (Just use straw for geese, newspapers are too slippery for their legs).
2. Use heat bulb. Keep the poultry about 85 to 90 degrees, just so they are moving around comfortably. (Piling together means they are too cold).
3. Use fruit jar waterer's for the first week (25 chicks per water). Have the water just so the chill is out of it. Use Vitamins and Electrolytes in the water. Table sugar will work if you don't have the electrolytes. Be sure and dip each beak in the water! Don't let poultry get wet. Ducks and gosling's don't know how to swim until they are feathered out.
4. Use non-medicated feed on ducks and gosling's. A mash feed is good to use. They start eating it quicker than crumbles.
**2 foot feeders for each 25 chicks**
**Sprinkle feed on newspapers for the chicks to find easier**
5. Check your poultry several times the first couple of days.
It suggests that you consider putting antibiotics in the water the first 3 or 4 days after chicks arrive (this is for shipping and delivery stress); and that you consider adding additional vitamins and minerals to their ration. These additions are best made through water! There are a number of good products for adding the above to the water. One that we use is Salsbury's VITAMINS and ELECTROLYTES! And we can provide packets of these to you, shipped in the boxes with the chicks..or..if you would like shipment made to you in separate carton, we can do that as well!
Vitamins and Electrolytes $5.00