I'm an old senior citizen (male) down here near Galveston,Texas. Getting ready to have fun with 15 chicks coming soon. I have my brooder all set up, water, chick chow, lights, and a little thermometer. I bought my starter chicks from Murray McMurray....an assortment of Brown Egg layers. Looking forward to having fun with them and eating some home grown eggs. Maybe Ill be able to chat w/ a few of you over time. Looking forward to any and all insight ya'll may offer. Otherwise, I'm still reading the do's and don'ts and the How's.
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glad you have joined us and congrats on getting your own flock.
If you haven't explored the site, then do visit the Learning Center to help you get started.
Once those babies arrive, be sure to watch for pasty butts the first week.
And get your coop planned and going, you will need it by the time they are 5-6 weeks old.
They grow like weeds and many of us have had to scramble to expand the brooder to accommodate this by the time they are only a couple of weeks old.
FIFTEEN - I started with only 1/2 dozen and they were quite a challenge.
Enjoy the new adventure, enjoy the forums.
Welcome to BYC -- as noted above, The Learning Center is an excellent place to start filling up on your chicken keeping knowledge and, yes, they grow much faster than many newcomers to the hobby might anticipate (and are adorably distracting) so better to get started on the coop construction early. Sounds like you have chosen a fun way to start out with a nice mixed flock, good luck!
I have my coop and RUN made already. Gotta fill in some spaces between the flooring and the walls of the coop....don't want to get them under the flooring and can't get out. It's between 55* and 63* at night . They will be in an adjacent room next to the coop. It has a window fan and a small A/C. Actually it's my outside "fishing tackle" room/man cave. I'm sure they will be comfy in there. Got to check on the pasty butt thing. Anyway, they did not come today. Poor things are starving and need water bad. Where are they?
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad to have you join us. I do hope that your chicks get to you safely.
These links may help you for the moment.