Hello galefrances! I wish I had some advise for you! I have not had chicks for so many years, I honestly don't remember and don't have any recent experiences to share. I am planning on keeping the chicks on a layer of paper towels OVER the shavings for as long as it is feasible. I am hoping that will help keep things "clean" for a few days anyway. I am also going to try using chicken nipples instead of a water bowl system. Hoping, with all my fingers and toes crossed!, the chicks and poults take right to it! I would say take a deep breath and try to enjoy it as much as possible. What kind of brooder do you have? I am going to use a cardboard box at first and may switch to a large plastic tote. I want something with higher sides to keep in the mess!
Welcome CandleGal! Have you ordered from Ideal before? Do you have specific or special plans for the Barred Hollands? I ordered the specific breeds of laying hens for several different reasons. 1) I want to be able to have enough eggs to sell some. 2) I want my kids to be able to gather eggs and it look like an easter egg basket 3) my kids will be starting 4H this fall and my daughter (who just turned 5 last month) wants to do chicken 4H (thinking about getting her a silkie later this year too), 4) I wanted good dual purpose hens because I want to be able to hatch out my own meat chickens as well as raising several batches of broilers each year... and lastly 5) cause some chicken breeds are just too darn cool! LOL
txchickie Hi! I would LOVE to have a broody hen to stick some chicks under! I have read about several success stories doing so and hope in the future to try it. I wish I knew how to encourage one of my hens to be broody (might have to do more research on that LOL).
I can't wait to get my email tomorrow! I am so nervous and excited, almost feel silly being this excited about getting chicks LOL.
I got a little carried away ordering my new laying chicks, but there are so many different breeds I want for various reasons as mentioned above, and I still have breeds I want to add to my flock later!
This order I got 2 pullets each of Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Welsummer, Speckled Sussex, Rhode Island Red, Salmon Faverolle, Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Spangled Russian Orloff - I got these for my son (14) because he is fascinated with anything Russian! And 4 Leghorns. I ordered 2 of each just incase one of them doesn't make it or incase one is a roo.
Can't wait to start seeing some fluff bottom pictures!