I joined back in Sept but this is my first post. I have been reading and learning from others on this site and I really like it. I have never had chickens before but really wanted to give it a try. I got my chicks (pullets) from Ideal: 2 buff orpington, 2 RIR, 2 black australorps, 2 Ameraucana, 4 "assorted" pullets and 10 males (packaging peanuts). One of the buffs arrived very weak and died. I received a refund for the chick. Ideal was very nice to work with. All of the others did well and are11 weeks old today. They are in the coop now but have only been there for a week. I wanted to get them in the coop at 8 weeks but the coop was not ready.
I made my brooder from ideas I got from utube. Built my chicken coop from plans I bought on eBay. The coop was supposed to be 5' by 6' with six nesting boxes but I expanded the length to 10' and have 10 nesting boxes. I will show some pictures in another post.
I fed them chick starter/grower (Dumor from TSC). I also mixed chick grit with their food (10 cups of food, 1 cup of grit). Now I am feeding Poultry grower/finisher with chicken grit. I gave them some lettuce and celery when the were still in the brooder.
Today the temp here is 38 and they are in the run. Is that Ok?
I had some old (not rotten or moldy) dried Lima beans and some dried plums that I ground up and tossed in the run this morning. Was that good or bad?
I have some questions about the breeds (of the assorted) chicks I have and the gender but I will post some pictures later so someone can help me.
Thanks for reading my post.