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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mcliff3, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. mcliff3

    mcliff3 Out Of The Brooder

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    After tree years of my wife and I talking about getting chickens we finally took the plunge. Spent the last two weekends clearing out the area in yard for coop and building a brooder for them. Picked up the girls yesterday and my wife, son and myself spent the majority of the day just looking at them and talking to them yesterday. Will be great to watch them grow!

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  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Nice batch of babies! Be sure to check out the learning center if you haven't already. You will find everything you need to know on this site, but in case you don't, just ask, there are always experienced chicken people available to offer advice!
     
  3. mcliff3

    mcliff3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! We have been reading the form on here for quite sometime. Quickly noticed how nice everyone on the site is!
     
  4. BantyChooks

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    Welcome to BYC and chicken math. It sounds like you have prepared well for your babies. Enjoy!
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  5. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations @mcliff3 !!! What type of coop are ya'll building? I started studying chickens over eight years ago...still haven't gotten any, but I did get sidelined for a few years. I'm back studying again, though!

    Some notes (though you may already have looked at these and have your own ideas)...

    Waterer... Whether a pvc pipe or bucket waterer I will be using horizontal pvc nipples. The horizontal ones do not leak as the vertical ones are stated as doing. A closed system is much easier to keep clean than an open/trough type waterer.

    Feeder... For a dry feeder the bucket feeder using the 4" pvc street elbows appears to be the best for reducing feed waste caused by the chickens billing and scratching it out onto the ground.

    Feed... Look at "fermented feed". Elevates the nutritional value of the feed and is stated as reducing the feed consumption by two-thirds!!! This is naturally more work than feeding dry feed in that you literally have to feed it to the chickens each day rather than filling a feeder and forgetting about it for several days. But, it's not difficult, either!

    Security... You can't have too much.

    BIG NOTE....

    Have fun!!! :)

    Ed
     
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  6. mcliff3

    mcliff3 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are going to build an 8'x8' coop with gable roof (human height LOL). We are going to attach an 8'x8' covered run (roof extended and fenced) and then add (L-Shape) another 8'x8' "open" run (fenced and bird netting cover - but no solid roof). We figured this would give the chickens a run they can use rain/shine/snow and one that is good for those nice weather days. We actually got the floor framed today, including linoleum over the decking to make clean-up easier and stop the waste from getting into the wooden floor. Will be putting up walls in the next week or so, then work on roof and run.

    Here is the floor we put down today.

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  7. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mcliff3 what are you using on the floor of the brooder. It looks like pellets was just wondering what kind?
     
  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't forget a poop board under the roost, saves alot of time cleaning. Read up if you haven't about PDZ and DE too. Enjoy your chicks, don't forget 'chicken math' when building.
     
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    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wondering what kind also.....Someone I know uses some kind of pellets, think it's for horse stalls, in her brooder. It 'breaks' down to like saw dust when wet (chicks always spilling water) but dries back up. It's got a fragrance that gave me a head ache.....mcliff3 does yours have a fragrance to it?
     
  10. Pendragonz

    Pendragonz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Enjoy your chicks!
     

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