So many newbies here! yeah! Welcome all to BYC! This should be a fun thread. Being a first-time ChickMama is stressful stuff! There is a lot to learn and so many differing opinions.
I joined BYC when I became a new Duck mama last year. I had never owned any birds in my life. It was a huge learning curve but all turned out well. BYC was, and continues to be, a huge help. I have them for both eggs and meat. I started with 12 got up to 17 and still have 8 ducks. Two or three more will be going to freezercamp soon. Their eggs are amazing.
I am a new Chick mama now too. I got my first 9 on Monday and 3 more today (Friday) They are 3 Buff Orphington, 3 Rhoad Island Red 3 Brown leghorn and the 3 I got today are Cornish. While many things I learned with the ducks translate over, much of this is new to me.
So far, so good! I haven't lost one yet. I did have to take care of 3 cases of Pasty-Butt right off. I guess I have learned my lesson to look at the chicks they put in the box before I pay for them.
Im raising them in a playpen, lined with plastic layered with bedding. Lots of different branches and chunks of wood for them to walk and play on and keep them from being board. I have a red heat light at one end and a Mama heating pad set up at that same end so they have a choice. I also gave them a box to hide in with some soft holy socks stuffed in there for comfort. They have liked that a lot.
I am religious about putting Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in their water and feed them fermented feed along side their crumbles. I plan to move them to just fermented feed in the next couple of days. I also put some grit in there in a separate dish, in case they feel like they need it, I can give them treats earlier if they learn what that is.
Im planning to have these out of the brooder and into their own coop in a couple of weeks, then starting over with 12 more meaties! Crazy chicken mama might be a better term for me. I look forward to hearing all your stories and learning right along with you. Your struggles are all of our struggles.
I wish you life.