Hi from West KY~ We got started in a very strange way! My daughter was given One chick last weekend when she won a beauty pageant (strange right I know)... Feeling sorry for this adorable little cutie we went straight to Rural King and decided to become proud parents and responsible owners and now have 6 more "friends" for the original chicky... along with assorted food/bedding/heat lamp and such... We have never ovned chicks before but both my grandparents and my husbands parents have so they have been bery helpful in getting started. We have 5 acres and plenty of space so we can't wait to build our outside coop~ currently our cuties are housed in my living room (it's sooo cold still at night) and to be honest what started as my daughters pets are slowly becoming my addiction... I am in LOVE... lol
So I am sure I shall come here with MANY questions over the coming weeks! For now I am just keeping them warm, fed, watered and giving them dailiy play time out of the space they are in (I fear it is too small although they seem happy and content) They are growing so FAST and their feathers are coming in quickly. The store workers at rural king were not sure how old any of our chicks were so from what we understand they cannot go outside until they are fully feathered ~ is that right?
Originally their home had an open top but yesterday 2 became "escape artists" so my husband has added a wire top... one we have lovingly named "crazy" loves to roost on the top of the water bottle and discovered he/she could reign supreme from the side of the tote! So funny ~ we purchased straight run chicks so who knows if we have hens or roosters ... eventually I will have to figure that oune out with all your help!