A new chick with two chics

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ThatChiciLife, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. ThatChiciLife

    ThatChiciLife New Egg

    Mar 19, 2016
    Corpus Christi
    Hello BYC. I am new to the group. I am a first time chicken ownerof two chicks. Romy and Michelle. I came across BYC in pintrest and I must say Thank Goodness! I got the chicks at 2 days old. I have had them 1 and 3 days. I have them in my kitchen in a brooder. (I made from the ideas i saw here) I am currently working on a chicken coop to put them in. In a couple of weeks. I know right now is too soon.

    I have a small sized inside dog that the chickens have become quite fond of. But i have a cat that is waiting for any chance to make one of them a snack.

    This maybe a silly question but is there anything i can do to train my cat? Or any suggestion on best ways to keep cats out of a coop.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Most cats instinctively want to catch and kill small squeaky little things - don't trust the cat out of your sight. Electric fencing around your outside coop will protect against your cat and other mammalian predators.
  3. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    x2 on sourland's comments...better to be careful than sorry.

    Have fun with the chicks!
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    Agree with the comments you have already received, don't trust a cat or dog around those baby chicks. Never trust any dog around any chicken. Once the chickens are full grown a cat will not be such a threat - but best to be careful. They are the bottom of the food chain and everything wants to kill or eat them -

    Fortify their coop/run against all predators.

    Expect to have the coop ready by the time they are 5-6 weeks old.
  5. ThatChiciLife

    ThatChiciLife New Egg

    Mar 19, 2016
    Corpus Christi
    Thank you. Appreciate it.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Usually chicks are not moved out to the coop before they are fully feathered out - unless you live in a warm climate. The best way to keep chicks/chickens safe, is never to allow them and pets to ever meet. If you have them in a broody please make sure it has a wire top that pets cannot nudge off.
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some great advice already, so I will just say a big hello [​IMG]

    All the best
  9. ThatChiciLife

    ThatChiciLife New Egg

    Mar 19, 2016
    Corpus Christi
    Thank you everyone. I live in South Texas. We have the Hot humid weather. I made a screen top yesterday because they are starting get out of the box. Smart lil chickis. They flap and jump on the feeder, then the waterer, the tent and the to the edge of the box. The first 2 times i thought it was cute. But when they came strolling into my room i knew i had my hands full. My pup is still young in age and is usually very rough so i knew to keep him away. But it really does shock me how he is with them. When they start to chirp he will run across the house to check on them. They cry more when hes not in the kitchen actually. They have gotten out of the box, hopped on him and got very comfy. Haha

    I think they think he is their mom. Is this normal?
  10. ThatChiciLife

    ThatChiciLife New Egg

    Mar 19, 2016
    Corpus Christi
    I have been trying to post pics but it will not allow me to

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