Miscommunication btw my husband and me, so a raccoon was able to get into our run b/c we didn't lock the door. I woke up in the middle of the night to the chicken's screeches. The raccoon was attacking one chicken right by my back door. When I opened the door, the raccoon ran away, and the...
Help - one of our six 3-week old chickens died today. I was gone for a week while my husband and kids cared for the chicks, who seemed to be fine but getting crowded in their brooder box. They had been taking them outside for little jaunts. Today was a nice day and we were going to be working...
I'm a newbie and am considering coops for my 6 chicks. I'm in grad school so probably won't have time to do much building - perhaps part of the run.
Anything you would do differently with your coop design - anything you dislike about your coop/wish were different?
What about special features...
thanx for the tips. i'll definitely try to intercept the smell factor to appease my husband who is just, shall we say, getting used to the adorable chicks.
i'm also wondering how often other folks tend to change out the wood chips.
I am wondering how often I should clean out my brooder of 6 chicks - I just put down pine chips. Also, how should I do it - should I completely compost out the wood chips every day, less/more often? Just take out the wet/dirty ones? Inquiring minds...
Thanks so much! Wow, so much to learn. Great idea about going to a pet store. I'm new to raising animals, too!
Related question - can I compost the pine or aspen shavings?
Yes, we are all definitely enjoying these wee ones...
1 Buff Orpington, 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 1...
My chicks are just a few days old. I went to my local/small feed store and they didn't sell shavings and suggested using newspapers, so that's what they're on now. Is this ok? They suggested stripping them, but the chicks seemed to trip over them, so I've just putting down flat layers. We are in...
Thanks for all of the advice. It's helping me get through my first day of raising chicks - amazing how quickly I'm already attached to them and luxuriating in the peeps.
---still figuring out what kind of chicks I have left
Thanks! We ordered one Buff Orpington, one Welsummer, two Easter Eggers, one Rhode Island Red, one Golden Laced Wyandotte. The two that died look like they are the same - have stripes down their back - they are tan with black stripes. I think they might be Easter Eggers, but it's hard to tell...
I'm new to chicks (today!) and I just received my order of 6 chickens from mypetchicken.com. 2 died en route Any good web site/resource to identify which ones survived (and didn't)
Just wanted to introduce myself. We just got chicks today and am very nervous about raising these adorable chicks. Just wanted to give a shout out to everyone, especially other East Bay peeps.
chicks - still trying to figure out which ones survived the trek from CT