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Our first chickens arrived in the mail today~4 week old Buff Orpingtons!

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We're newbies here and newbies at backyard chicken keeping. We got our coop and run up last weekend but are still 'tricking it out' and predator-proofing it, etc. This morning our 4, 4 week old buff orpington chicks came in the mail. They were active and so much fun in just a couple hours. I have held them and sung to them so I can train them. We are so excited! Kind of scared too, because it's a big responsibility---you love the little guys and want to keep them safe and healthy. I worry about things that can go wrong and wish I knew more. Trying to learn all we can, but sometimes it seems a little overwhelming. The chicks are happily doing what chicks do in the brooder we made from a Rubbermaid tote and set on a table. Here in NH, I won't be putting them in the coop for several weeks yet. Here are some pictures we took when the arrived this AM! :)

 

 

Hubby & I are historical reenactors, live a simple life in a little 240 year old house that we have DIY restored and are new to chicken keeping as of spring 2016-We're proud parents to 4 BO girls and have an adorable, spoiled yorkie-girl dog who only works the day shift!
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Hubby & I are historical reenactors, live a simple life in a little 240 year old house that we have DIY restored and are new to chicken keeping as of spring 2016-We're proud parents to 4 BO girls and have an adorable, spoiled yorkie-girl dog who only works the day shift!
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Congrats on the safe arrival of your new additions - you have chosen a wonderful breed to start out with.

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One tip, especially as your birds are a bit more mature and active than day-olds, raise the water and feeder up off the shavings to prevent issues of them kicking bedding in - you can use a paver stone, wood block, a rock, anything that has the height (aim for chest high for the lip of the feed/water) and flat surface to provide a stable riser.

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Thanks so much! We are so excited. Hubby was already gone by 6:45 AM when they arrived and has 2 jobs, so he won't see them until late tonight, but I emailed him the photos I took on their arrival so he could share in the happy day!

Hubby & I are historical reenactors, live a simple life in a little 240 year old house that we have DIY restored and are new to chicken keeping as of spring 2016-We're proud parents to 4 BO girls and have an adorable, spoiled yorkie-girl dog who only works the day shift!
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Hubby & I are historical reenactors, live a simple life in a little 240 year old house that we have DIY restored and are new to chicken keeping as of spring 2016-We're proud parents to 4 BO girls and have an adorable, spoiled yorkie-girl dog who only works the day shift!
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