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page 2 of Chick Care

One thing to always keep in mind when you raise chicks year after year; you will always run into something different.  Jut because you did it one way this year and didn't experience any problems does not mean you will not experience problems in the future.   We have been doing this since 1936 and still experience new and different issues each year. Please follow our basic instructions and also feel free to contact us for further information.  

Cackle's Safe Handling of Poultry Poster  (Salmonella Safety) View/Print

National Poultry Improvement Program US Pullorum=Typhoid Clean Eggs

See Video of "Brooder Starter Kit Assembly" shows set up to start your baby chicks.



Chicken Care Humor

“Samples of Brooding Chicks”
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The Doctor is In!

"My Chickens Are Sick""I Need A Chicken Doctor"


Although Cackle Hatchery®  is not a veterinarian we can provide you with some excellent information and chicken health advice below:


-Start out by reading Cackle Hatchery® ’s FAQ, you will find many common questions and answers about chicken health concerns .

-Check out many of our books about chickens and Chicken Health Handbook.

-check out Cackle Hatchery® ’s Poultry Diseases/Sickness and Treatments/Management  on our link page.

Fast Tips For Mail Ordered Chicks that may have had a stressful trip.

-have the brooder heated to 100 degrees ready to go, chicks will not eat or drink unless their body temperature can get back to 100 degrees. Be sure there is room for them to get away from the heat.

-use real warm water first 2 hours, dip beaks quickly in water

-sometimes a few chicks lack the will to thrive if a stressful trip happened, so dip all chicks beaks numerous times throughout first 3 days.

-if using a wire mash floor, put paper towels down for first 2 days so legs will not get stuck.

-medicated feed does not have enough amprol in the feed and we recommend to do a 7 day dose of amprol in the water after the first day of arrival.  To quote Ben Franklin “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” . Do not give vitamins when treating with Amprol because the B1 (thiamin) will negate the amprol treatment. After treatment we recommend keeping probiotics  in the water to ensure good gut flora and immune digestive order. Always change out new water mixture daily.

-schedule your day so you can be around to monitor the chicks for first 24 hours.

-always read the complete instructions for “Care of Baby Chicks”.

- chicks arrive with eye/eyes shut and eye lids swelled or red. This is a very rare happening!  This happens sometimes with yellow chicks during shipping.  When they sometimes get stressed they peck at the shiny black eyes that stand out against the yellow body. Dampen 6 times a day with moist cloth and triple antibiotic ointment also helps on the skin part of eye.  Generally clears in 5 days and healed. Rarely have seen blindness.. this is a very rare happening but does occasionally happen.

-Manure pasting up on the chicks rear end will back up the chicks bowls and kill them. If this happens it is important to remove it in the morning and evening. Pull off gently using a warm wipe. If the chick continues to have the issue after 2 days you may need to put some triple ointment on the red irritated skin. Another idea is to take the chick starter feed and put it in a regular house hold blender and turn the chick starter crumble feed into a mash/powder. This will aid in the digestion and reduce pasty butts on the chicks for first 3-4 weeks.


Session with The Chicken Doctor


$25.00 one time consult fee with Peter Brown AKA "THE CHICKEN DOCTOR", a chicken expert with over 50 plus years of helping thousands of poultry enthusiasts with their poultry problems. Once paid we will send you a paid invoice with the phone number to call for your chicken problem consultation. As a general rule Cackle Hatchery can help you with your baby chick care issues and the paid consultation can help you with started or grown poultry issues, diseases, vaccinations or more detailed chicken care issues. There is no refund on the $25.00 fee paid and it can be used within 1 year of purchase (Monday-Friday).


Bio for Peter Brown alias "The Chicken Doctor"


Session with the Chicken Doctor

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Top 3 treatments for Baby Chick Health

Sulfadimethozine Soluble Powder - This soluble powder packet will treat 50 gallons of drinking water.  Use for treatment of Infectious Coryza, Coccidiosis, Acute Fowl Cholera and Pullorum Disease.  Recommended treatment period of 6 days.

Coccidiosis, infections Coryza, fowl cholera. 12% stock solution -1 pkg to 1 gallon. 2 Tablespoons stock solution to 1 gallon of drinking water. Hold eggs 2 weeks.

Instructions for Use



Sulfadimethozine Soluble Powder

3.77 ounces



Amprol 128


Amprol  - 10 oz water soluble powder coccidiostat. 10 oz packet will treat 80-130 gallons of water. Mix fresh each day and treat for 1-2 weeks at first signs of coccidiosis.


Instructions for Use



Amprol 128




Poultry Probiotic DPP (water soluble)

It is much easier to prevent bacterial diseases than to treat them.  Provide DPP at day-of-age, during times of stress, AFTER (NOT during) antibiotic therapy, monthly or continuously.  At day-of-age when gut is sterile, DPP populates the gut with beneficial bacteria before pathogens can establish themselves. Experts agree that a health gut flora is a huge part of the body’s immune system and can prevent 70% of attacking pathogens.

1/4 teaspoon per gallon of drinking water.

Instructions for Use.

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PP DPP 1 $11.00

Other treatments for chicks can be found on page Medications



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