A update on the A.C.F. Rescue, and a announcement!

AnimalsComeFirst

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Hi all... some of you may know me as the ACF rescue, who takes in disabled chickens (blind, unwanted, leg problems, etc). And i do indeed love to rescue the birds, but how will we pay for the medicine and food and supplies if we don't have any egg layers? And I certainly can't depend on my old, special needs girls to provide me with eggs. So, we talked a while, and for the first time ever, ACF rescue has ordered baby chicks.
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I know, about time, right? I have never raised day old chicks, and I am sure excited! Well, we bought a new coop for a great price and plan to predator proof it next week by digging chicken wire into the ground. We have a big plastic tub set up with paper towels, the chick feeder and waterer, and a heat lamp.

Now, the fun part... what breeds I ordered! :D I ordered 7 different breeds, 1 of each. Here's what is coming... a buff orpington, a barred rock, a buff laced polish, a silver spangled wyandotte, a silver spangled Hamburg, a black australorp, and a brown leghorn. We were hoping to get a Speckled Sussex and a EE, but they were out of stock. Oh well, there's always next year!

The chicks are coming on May 20th. 26 days, and counting down! Pictures will follow, for sure.

Here's the coop, it's 3 x 7, and the coop is 3 x 4. And no, we aren't gonna keep 7 chickens locked up in that small little pen, we plan on putting them out in a 12 x 6 chain link dog kennel in the daytime so they can scratch around. :)

The brooder box, all set up and ready!

And yes, we will still be rescuing disabled birds, but keeping it between 2 - 5 birds. This is Penny, our old timer. She's 5 and a 1/2 years old and still very healthy.

And Tweetie, our 6 month old, who is indeed a HEN! Thank the lord! :)

That's all for now, I will be posting more updates when the chicks arrive! :D
 

TheSpiceGirls

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OH, I'm so happy for you. But keep in mind that chicken wire is only good for keeping chickens in. It's not predator proof. You'll want to use welded wire or hard wire cloth to make your coop/run predator proof.
 

AnimalsComeFirst

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Yes, I am sooooo excited! I've always wanted baby chicks!
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OH, I'm so happy for you. But keep in mind that chicken wire is only good for keeping chickens in. It's not predator proof. You'll want to use welded wire or hard wire cloth to make your coop/run predator proof.

Oh, thank you for telling me that! I've never had to predator proof a chicken pen, since my girls are in our backyard and completely safe already.
 

fishnet1971

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YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOHOOOOO!O!!!!!!!!!!!! can't wait to see the new babies!!!!!! It's about time all right. You deserve it. I didnt know you hadnt had babies before. You are in for the best weeks of your life. The way you love your girls, these little ones will absolutely drive you into chicken heaven overload. You gotta name the BR Jean. from the name Gloria Jean. in rememberance.
 

AnimalsComeFirst

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YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOHOOOOO!O!!!!!!!!!!!! can't wait to see the new babies!!!!!! It's about time all right. You deserve it. I didnt know you hadnt had babies before. You are in for the best weeks of your life. The way you love your girls, these little ones will absolutely drive you into chicken heaven overload. You gotta name the BR Jean. from the name Gloria Jean. in rememberance.

Ha ha, maybe I will! We plan on naming them all after spices... Ginger, nutmeg, pepper, safflower, etc etc.

Yeah, I do indeed love my birds, and we have heard so many people say "You have GOT to raise a batch of baby chicks, they are so fun!" We also got encouraged by the fact that if you raise them up yourself, they'll be alot more friendly since you'll be holding them more than most pullets are. :)
 

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