Well, hello, I'm Sam. After months (8 to be exact) of talking the husband into it we got our first babies today. It was a last minute thing since I honestly thought I had another year of talking him into it. Haha! But I'm excited. We just went and picked four random backyard mixes from a newer local farmer. (BEAUTIFUL farm, free range chickens and a variety of happy grass fed, free animals). If any turn out to be roosters we'll contact them since we can only have four hens in our city (boooo). They have all sorts of birds on their farm and they incubated all of these so no telling what breed or possible mix yet I guess, if ever. I don't really care. I hadn't narrowed down breeds at all. If any issues come up we'll deal with them as they come! I'm wondering if the little grey one I picked isn't going to be a rooster though.
We are aiming for pets/egg layers. We won't be breeding them or anything else.
So we have the four of them in a 30 gallon tote with paper towels topped with pine shavings. My husband is going to cut the top out of the lid and put a screen over it so we can close them in for safety (three little kids, two cats, two dogs!!). I hadn't bought anything yet and tractor supply is closed today so I stuck a heating pad on medium (with the cover and a thin cloth diaper over it) underneath the tote. I velcroed 4 little tube feeders (meant for a bird cage) to the inside for their food and water. They all seemed to figure that out quickly.
I'm ALL ears for any advice, tips, things to watch for, and anything else we should do or change. :)