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I have never had chickens before, and I plan to get some soon. I have many questions, but can only think of a few at the time lol. Please help

1. How do I keep bugs like ticks, fleas, mites off my chickens?

2. How do I deworm my chickens? What do I use? And when?

3. When can I put my chicks outside? And how do I go about that?

1.  Give your flock ample opportunity to dust bathe.  They will take care of the rest.  In the rare event of a mite infestation in the coop, there are topical products that you can use.  But, really, it's a waste of time to worry about that because you may NEVER have that issue.

 

2.  Many folks NEVER see signs of worms, and never test or treat their birds for worms.  IMO, a few parasites are acceptable.  If I see any more than that, I'd seriously consider culling that individual bird.  There are also natural means of worming with herbs, garlic, and even natural soap products.

 

3.  I strongly recommend that you prepare your coop before getting chicks.  Make it secure, using 1/2" welded wire for all openings.  Then, you can brood your chicks in the coop naturally, using a heating pad.  No dust in the house!  And your chicks will thank you for it.   http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

 

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When I get my chicks, how long do I need to leave them in a brooder? And how do I go about moving them from inside to outside so they don't get sick if it's a little cold?

The easiest way to brood chicks is right in your coop, so they never get crowded, and NEVER have to make that adjustment from indoor to outdoor temps.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

 

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How long can eggs stay in a nest before a hen sits

You should collect eggs every day, and enjoy them.  A hen will not sit until her hormones have reached that critical "must sit on eggs" point.  Having eggs in the nest will not make her broody.  A broody hen will stay on the nest 24/7, and happily try to hatch the nest bedding, a golf ball, a rock, her own feet, or absolutely nothing.  Until your hen is broody, enjoy your eggs.  When you have a broody hen, give her a clutch of eggs all on the same day, and don't allow any of her friends to add more eggs to her clutch.  Some hens go broody regularly, while some hens never do, and some flocksters NEVER have a broody in their flock.  

 

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Can you put younger chickens with older ones?

Yes.  For details on that, contact Azygous.  She along with several others have kicked the notion to the curb that "they say you shouldn't integrate chicks with hens until the chicks are as big as the hens."  Many of us are finding that it's much easier to integrate chicks into a flock when they are about 3 - 6 weeks old.

 

 

The most important recommendation I can give to anyone who is starting a flock is this:  Make your coop and run much bigger than you think it needs to be.  Plan on a minimum of 4 s.f. in the coop, and 10 s.f. in the run/bird.  While the prefab coops can get you started easily, they are often poorly made, do not offer adequate perch space or even enough room between perch and wall/ceiling to allow a full grown hen to easily get on/off the perch, and the perches are often too narrow to allow the hens to adequately cover their feet in freezing weather.  These coops are often lacking in ceiling height, not allowing enough room between perch and ceiling or walls for adequate ventilation, which puts the bird at risk of frost bite in the winter.  Manufacturers often misrepresent their product, stating that it will house more birds than it can safely do so.  


Edited by lazy gardener - 3/5/16 at 6:00am

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Can I tell the sex of my slw at a week old by feathers? Or get some kind of idea? If so how?
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Can I tell the sex of my slw at a week old by feathers? Or get some kind of idea? If so how?
Nope. Wyandottes can't be feather sexed as chicks. Sorry.
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Two out of nine of my chicks have started doing this thing where they lay down and scratch really fast kinda scooting around the brooder, it's so weird and new to me, what are they doing?
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Two out of nine of my chicks have started doing this thing where they lay down and scratch really fast kinda scooting around the brooder, it's so weird and new to me, what are they doing?

Dust bathing?
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Dust bathing?
That's what I'm thinking also, my babies are growing up
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you can put young ones with old ones but make sure they are at least 8 weeks old .

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