A New Member

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by #1California Chick, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don't have any chickens YET!! I have become TOTALLY addicted to this site!!

    I want to get some day old chicks (from a feed store - since I can only have about 6 hens in my town) after the first of the year.

    Given my relatively mild climate, how soon can I put them out into a coop (what temp?? How many weeks old??) (I am prepared to start them out in a extra large dog crate in a bathroom or the garage - but I am not sure how the rest of the family will cooperate!! -- I mean -my teen daughters wont allow me to have worms in a container under the sink!! But I have three boxes full of worms in the yard!![​IMG]

    I think that the Deep Litter method is where I would go for the coop. I intend to have a dirt-based run. Can I use the "deep litter" idea here too? I was thinking that until I (or my DH) actually get around to building the coop and run next spring I could start "preparing" the run area by piling on leaves, manure, etc. I was thinking that this would give a good start to the "scratching" area since I would not be able to let my chicks "free range". There is a hawk that hangs out in my yard. Once the rains start (could be another month or so -- this IS California), I was thinking that I would scatter the area with grass seed -- so there would be plenty of "greens" when my chicks moved in.

    Anything else I should thing about??

    I am SO EXCITED to begin!![​IMG]

  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
  4. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Hey Cindy! [​IMG]

    It's about time we got the #1 California Chick! I was getting sick and tired of all the posers like debiraymond... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (oh, no he didn't!) [​IMG]
  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  6. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK

    You might check out some of the coop designs here on BYC. The local stores won't have baby chicks for a few more months. You could get a headstart on them and build the coop first in the mean time. It's much easier to have every thing ready to begin with. You can put a heat lamp on them in the coop and not mess with litter in the house.

    Welcome to BYC and I'm sure you'll find everything you need here!

  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Apparently he did. [​IMG]
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
  10. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    From a fellow vermi-composter [​IMG]

    Now guys don't go hijacking the newbies post [​IMG]

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsh.....

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