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  1. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Its up to you. I do both. In the run in the morning or when I go away and won't be back all day. That way, I know they're safe in the run when I'm gone all day.
  2. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Also, with free ranging they will tear up the gardens, flowers, veggies ect looking for bugs. Plus the dig up your yard. They will come onto your porch if its not enclosed. So, just know that. I found one of mine on my lawn chair and she pooped on it.
  3. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    They all lay at different times sometimes. I went to the coop tonight and someone laid. Once you let them out, you won't be able to get them back in the coop until roosting time.
  4. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Thats a good idea to try to convince your parents. When I first started to raise chickens, I wanted them to learn their place in their coop and learn to lay their eggs in the nesting boxes. I wanted to spend close proximity time with them after they went outside to their coop. I wanted to be...
  5. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Sounds like a plan. QUESTION: What is your Essay title and why are you writing one about chickens and who is it for?
  6. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    No and no. I have 1 Red sex link 2 Rhode Island Reds 3 Easter Eggers 2 Polish Bantums. 8 total. But, that is just what I ended up with. You just need same size. My two Polish had to be separated from them at 8 weeks.
  7. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    I don't recommend Silkies with your other regular sized girls. They run a high chance of being low on the pecking order. Being Bullied. Stay with regular sized girls. 4 Reg size Pullets vs 2 silkies. Not good odds. Plus, with more feathering on legs and feet, you'll have more mite n lice...
  8. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    He's thinking about 7 regular size Sex Link. Plus, it gets cold where he lives with nasty weather. Sometimes if its too ugly outside they stay inside so, yes he needs a larger coop with at least 5 sq ft per bird. 5x7=35 sq feet inside the coop to help prevent pecking and Bullying between them...
  9. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    The web sites WILL tell you.
  10. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    About the cost... Look at Tractor supply web site. They sale coops on there. Then, check out and read what people wrote on BYC in the DIY coop section. There is A LOT of coop info on here. Me, I can't give you a dollar amount because we used recycled wood that we already had left over from...
  11. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Idk, but, you sure could ask? If you get a Roo, raise it as livestock for awhile and then"Cull" it. People do put them on the dinner table you know-right? At least you would know what it ate. It would be good experience for you. I did it to two Cockerels. They tasted great!!! Better than the...
  12. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Here's some more info for you to check out & read about the Sex link and Auto sex Link chickens and the various breeds of them.
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    Raising Chicks

  14. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Check out Tractor supply too. They ship via Hoover Hatchery. I order = 10 chicks. If you order from anywhere READ the FINE PRINT. Have your parents Read the fine print too. VERY IMPORTANT. you WILL want them VACCINATED and make sure you know HOW many come per order. If you order 7, you can get...
  15. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    You'll want to start looking at the Hatchery sites. Look at the inventory and see if the females, aka: Pullets. Some hatcheries have babies that are feathered out and might cost more but, then they can go straight to the coop. They get mailed to your post office. You get notifies as soon as they...
  16. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Nice Avatar.
  17. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    according to the Sex link info, These chickens are not known for aggression and can do well in smaller flocks with more human interaction. You will be handling and sitting with all your baby chicks from day of arrival. I handle mine everyday and do a "well" check inspection. Some allow and want...
  18. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Looks good for baby chicks until feathered out for the coop.
  19. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    A puppy play pen could easily hold 10 chicks will room to run. Since it gets cold where u are, consider the brooder & heater at Tractor Supply over a heat lamp. Re: increase in a fire hazard. You can also make one out of hardware cloth wire and zip tie it in a circle. Plus you will need the wire...
  20. Vickischics

    Raising Chicks

    Your Homework: Deep bedding Read and take notes. This is on the BYC home page:
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