Chick's on the way

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by anthonyjames, May 19, 2009.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a warming light, food and that is about it right now.

    I have 4 Easter Egger Standards on the way
    2 Star Standard Red
    2 Plymouth Rock Standard Barred
    2 Australorp Standard

    Is there any thing else I will need besides food, water and warming lamp for them?

    What would be best to keep them in? Box, Aquarium? Do I need pine shavings or anything else for the 3 day old babies?
     
  2. SilverStar

    SilverStar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! What a nice bunch you will have soon. You could purchase some soft bedding like Pine shavings. Make sure it's pine not cedar. Cedar is harmful to chicks. Make sure they have a safe place to grow in like a sturdy cage or big box. We use a Big Dog kennel, it seem to work out well. Good luck and enjoy the chickies.
     
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  3. old mill poultry

    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Enjoy your chicks, are you a first time chicken mama or should I say papa?
     
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    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alot of things can work for keeping them safe. I used a large storage container, like you put clothes or xmas decorations in.
     
  5. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First time papa to chickens. My 2 girls 4 and 3 are really excited as well as I.

    I have been trying to ponder if I let them wander my yard or build a large run to move daily and put them back in their coop. Since the coop is unmoveable.

    I have some big boxes. Do you keep the light on 24/7 for them or do they stay warm at night in the house? I am just wondering if I will have to move them to a different part of the house at night with the light on to keep them warm. I heard 95 degrees to start and then I can drop 5 degrees per week until it get's a little warmer here.

    Is that true
     
  6. old mill poultry

    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The boxes will be fine. I leave the light on 24/7 for the first 6 weeks. I live in the east and it's pretty cool still. I would not let them free range for a while, I did this my first year and drove me crazy chasing the chickens into the coop area. I would build a pen for them to range in. You can also build a chicken tractor for you lil chickies, check the coop section for ideas.
     
  7. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Enjoy! Mine came today and I can hardly tear myself away! I used Carefresh bedding with puppy pads on top. I have a smallish cardboard box acting as my brooder for the first week and then a larger appliance box standing by to take over the duty in a week or so. Where are yours coming from?
     
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    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered my chickens from

    www.mypetchickens.com They ship as few as 3 chickens and had a really good supply.
     
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    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's where mine came from and it was a very good experience. They did a great job. Good luck with your new babies!
     

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