Cock-a-doodle doo... I’m new!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Shellebelle920, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Shellebelle920

    Shellebelle920 Chirping

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    Hi everyone.

    On a whim, I ordered four chicks from a lawn and garden place. They are due to arrive in mid and end of March. I have spent the last 6 days obsessively reading about everything I can regarding chicks and chickens. I’ve also ordered my coop, my run, feeding/watering supplies and still figuring out the best brooder set up. I will have to have a separated brooder for a week as I will be receiving 2 chicks one week and two chicks the next. I have reserved an Ameraucana, a black Australorp, a salmon faverolles and a buff Silkie. They’re supposedly all female, but i’m Holding my breath on the silkie and Ameraucana. i’ve Found myself on this website daily and got a lot of useful information. We live in Western PA. I’ve got three young kids (9,7 and 3). I’m hoping the chickens will draw them away from their electronics and bring them outside more. We have two cats, two hermit crabs and a dog who is most likely living out his final months/year. Anway, happy chicken-keeping!
     
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  2. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Crowing

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    :yesss: :welcome :yesss:
    Welcome to our eggcelent flock here at BYC

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  3. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC :frow:welcome
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  4. Bamabexchicks

    Bamabexchicks Free Ranging

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    Hi! Glad to have you here! Hope you enjoy your chickens as much as I enjoy mine!
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  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

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  6. MissChick@dee

    [email protected] ~ Dreaming Of Springtime ~

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    Hiya :frow
    Nice to meet you!
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  7. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    Will you be brooding in the coop or in the house?
    How big is the space you'll be using?

    I have used the largest size rubbermaid tote as a brooder and that worked well, but now I have a section in my coop that can easily be converted to a brooder. I also use a Mama Heating Pad as a more natural heat source instead of a lamp. That method simulates a broody hen, chicks are exposed to day/night cycles and also to cooler air when they feel like it... it helps them acclimate and feather out quicker.

    Other things to include in the brooder:
    • Feeder with chick starter
    • small waterer placed up on a brick to keep it cleaner
    • chick grit in a separate container (just a small amount)
    • a little perch
    • shallow container with sand or untreated potting soil for dust baths
    • mirror for chicks to admire themselves
    After about a week or 2, I put in a chunk of sod from outside to help chicks start building immunities to their new environment. Short trips outside to the grass are also helpful.

    These articles have more information you may find helpful:
    Kick The Heat Lamp: Better, Safer And Healthier Options To Heat Your Brooder
    Brooding Chicks: The First 6 Weeks
    You Certainly Can Brood Chicks Outdoors

    Have fun with your babies when they arrive!
     
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  8. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
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  9. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    Welcome! So glad to have you here!!! Let me know if you need anything!
     
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  10. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    What coop did you order? Most pre-fab coops aren't worth the box they're shipped in!
     
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