Hi to Everyone on the Forum,
Well, I am the new guy, greenhorn, newbie, rookie at the chicken game. We live out in the country and the folks that lived here previously or those before them at some time had chickens. The coop is already set up as an 12X10 mini-barn with a run attached that is about 8X10. So, naturally, I thought I needed to be a chicken farmer along with everything else I have going on. Yes, now I am obsessed to the point that I think I need to have every breed available and have to get therapy in order to quit looking for new types of chick breeds. Seriously, I ordered a variety of day old chicks 27 to be exact (yes, I know, what was I thinking!!), all cold hardy as we live in Indiana. They are a mix of hens only - Black Australorps, RI Reds, Speckled Sussex, Black/Copper Marans, Buff Orpingtons Easter Eggers, Wyandottes, Barnevelders and Barred Rocks They should arrive here in a few days.
With that said, I have a ton of different questions. I have a big brood box ready plus feed, water source, heat, etc. One of the things that I am concerned with is keeping the flock healthy - especially with a coop that is only 12X10. Moreover, I did not think to have the chicks vaccinated at the hatchery. Is this necessary and am I in for a disaster by not having this done? With this many chicks, can some of you please give me some tips on the best way to keep them all healthy and getting them off to a great start?
I would appreciate any and all advice as I need a lot of it!