Any advice for a first time chicken mommy? :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AJ666, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. AJ666

    AJ666 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Friday I will be getting 5 day old chicks! One EE roo, 2 EE hens, 1 Buff Orphington hen, one Domonique hen. I forgot to order a silver laced wyandotte, but she will hopefully be coming in next week [​IMG] whoops.
    But I am verry excited, and nervous. So who wants to give a first time chicken owner some advice?? [​IMG] I would be eternally grateful [​IMG]
     
  2. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    palestine texas
    I know you will enjoy your fuzzy butts. Watch their temperature, dip their beaks in sugar water when they get here.

    micah
     
  3. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Just love them lots...you're going to have so much fun with them...show us pics when you get 'um...
     
  4. cdluvschicks

    cdluvschicks Out Of The Brooder

    Awwww. Give them lots of kisses... [​IMG]
     
  5. nuts4chickens

    nuts4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My advice... BEWARE! Chickens are very very addictive and build your coop 10 times bigger than you think you should. Good luck!
     
  6. kona silkies

    kona silkies Out Of The Brooder

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    Why sugar water? I just dipped mine in water- oops... please elaborate...
     
  7. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    AJ666 Cacle Hatchery has an awesome sheet for first-time parents of chicks.
    You can check it out here: http://www.cacklehatchery.com/page14.html
    Enjoy
    your little treasures, and prepare to fall instantly in love!

    Brightest Blessings
     
  8. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used plain water too and it was fine. Some people give sugar water for energy. Electorlytes come from a little salt though. Some people add a little apple cidar vinagar (ACV) is the abbreviation (Like Rachel Rays EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil) Keeping the temp correct is important. Making sure they can get under the heat when cold is good and out of the heat when too hot is also good. I taped a wooden 2X2 to the mirror and clipped the heat lamp onto that so I could raise and lower it to provide the right temp and it worked really well.

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    I also learned to use sand instead of pine shavings - it is heavier but I really liked it more. You will find your own preferences and it will be fine too. (no cedar)

    Use crumbles and you don't need grit

    Clean water, clean food - (Oh they will poop in it!) Clean brooder (for the smell control alone is good thing) The right temp for each week. And lots of love will get you through these first weeks of chicken ownership. Take a lot of pics because they grow right before your eyes and in a week you will not believe they could have doubled in size.

    Enjoy
    Caroline
     
  9. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try to relax and enjoy them! I was so nervous with mine. They're actually quite hardy little guys.
     
  10. ctaynton

    ctaynton Out Of The Brooder

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    Rachel'sFlock :

    AJ666 Cacle Hatchery has an awesome sheet for first-time parents of chicks.
    You can check it out here: http://www.cacklehatchery.com/page14.html
    Enjoy
    your little treasures, and prepare to fall instantly in love!

    Brightest Blessings

    Where abouts is Otis? I am also from Oregon and have never heard of it:) Just curious!​
     

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