Chicks this week

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mjdtexan, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Houston(ish)
    Ok, our 20 sex-links ship this week (wednesday) and I need to make sure I am prepared. I have pine-shavings, feeders, waterers, heat lamp, white paper towels, chick starter.

    1. Have I missed anything?

    2. How thick do I put the pine-shavings down?

    3. I am supposed to put paper towels down on top of the pine-shavings for a week or two, right?

    4. I can expect eggs after a few days, right?
    (just making sure yall are paying attention)
     
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    actually i only lay paper towels or newspaper down for the first 3 days to a week then its pine shavings at least a few inches deep. Only thing you are missing is a chair to sit and watch them in [​IMG]


    Edited to add: and a thermometer so you can make sure its warm enough for them... ohhh nm looks like you are set up nicely. Great brooder btw [​IMG]
     
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  3. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I heard someone say that after about 2 or 3 days of letting them get over the shock of shipping, they should start laying right away, lol
     
  4. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like your brooder, good job, and good luck with them!
     
  5. Ol'FashionHen

    Ol'FashionHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds as if you have everything, I do use the newspaper and paper towels for the first week myself and a thermometer to keep an eye on temps. Good Luck with your babies. Yes, they will lay at approx. 120 hours. [​IMG]
     
  6. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Houston(ish)
    Thanks Yall, I was gonna start with pine shavings, guess I will wait 3 days to a week before I put pine shavings down.

    I should start selling eggs in about two weeks. What do yall normally experiance, 3 or 4 eggs a day from yalls pullets?
     
  7. Ol'FashionHen

    Ol'FashionHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love your signature. My DH says I have way to many things planted that we are runnung out of room. I will order grape vines, fruit trees, berry bushes, nut trees, then say well I'm gonna plant this and that come spring guess you need to till a bigger garden. He just shakes his head at me and says were are we gonna put it. [​IMG] [​IMG] We'll find somewhere.
     
  8. Ol'FashionHen

    Ol'FashionHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG], I once had a rooster that laid 6 eggs EVERYDAY. Poor thing died of exhaustion, Doc said.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Great job on your brooder and good luck with your babies when you get them. I used wire in the bottom of my brooder. I have seen several post that say DON'T use wire, but mine turned out ok and the poop goes through the wire and the babies weren't in any poop. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Houston(ish)
    One more day untill shipping. I wonder how many roo's they are going to send for "warmth"?
     

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