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Countdown to receiving new chicks on oct 9th week

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sallysec, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Sallysec

    Sallysec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey. Everyone, we are so excited to be. Receiving our first batch of chicks. They are due from MPC the week of oct 9th. We have ten days to go til they should be here. I am sooo excited ...wondering if I forgot something for them or if they are going to like their new home. I can't wait to see their personalities and name them. Anyone else in this position? We can wait it out together :D
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Congrats! You've been doing your research it seems :D

    Don't overthink it too much, though I know it's hard. For the first week they will pass out randomly, it's okay.. they are still breathing. Papertowel for first week> I say this because news paper can cause splayed legs, and shavings can/will be eaten and this can cause issues. One side of brooder 90 degrees, other side unheated. Red bulb, not white. Watch kids holding day olds. I've seen them lose their grip and fall and trust me, this is not good.

    I always make kids sit when holding them.

    Hmm... What else.. I say don't worry too much about the actual temperature. Follow their cues. If they are too hot they will move away and pant, of too cold they will pile in the centre.

    That's all I have for now! :welcome

    I see you are a product of chicken math!
     
  3. Sallysec

    Sallysec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally addicted to chicken math lol, I also like surprises so I have the five "mystery" chicks coming. I scrapped the heat lamp and ordered an ecoglow so I don't have to worry too much about temperatures, I hope. I bought shavings but I also collected pine needles and bought paper towels. My brother recommended this clay sand product as well, but it's made for reptiles so I kind of don't want to use it. Do most people do a deep layer of litter with chicks? I actually thought about a rubber mat with recycled paper on top.....lol who knows what will end up being used as I have read sooo any different options .

    P.s. I have my husband thinking of second coop plans already for spring lol
     
  4. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! When they sleep all sprawled out at the beginning they look dead! Lol! We're a week in to raising our first batch. SO FUN!
     
  5. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cutest is the tripod nap - two legs and beak. :lol:
     
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  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    :lau [​IMG] Yep. Totally know what you mean.
    Sand works well from what I've heard. I'm sure it would be better to eat than shavings. Shavings should be klin dried pine, not regular pine or cedar. Klin dried pine is less aromatic and therefore does less damage on their fragile respiratory system. I've never used pine needles. Again, would worry that they would eat them. Paper towel is really easy for the first week. I'm glad you got something other than a heat lamp. I find new born chicks flip over easily and can get trapped under a heat lamp on their back.. You are getting them from MPC so they should already be over that stage.
     
  7. Sallysec

    Sallysec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The suspense is killing me......
     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Want to live vicariously through me? :lol: You just got layers right? Red sex links? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] To get you more excited ;) [​IMG] Those chicks are 11 weeks old now. Here they are hogging my chicken watching chair :rolleyes:
     
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  9. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered ine last week and the chicks will be here tomorrow,, I am so excited I feel like a kid waiting for xmas morning, its hard to sleep and I wake up wide awake lol. Today is going to go on forever,,, oh and I already have 22 birds out there inteh yard, it stops being exciting and the anticipation never gets old lol good luck with your new chicks. You came to the right place for help and questions when they arrise people on this site are wonderful and caring (save a few[​IMG]) and have helped me tremedously. [​IMG]
     
  10. Sallysec

    Sallysec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Omg they are so cute, they are red sex links? I have 13 headed here I can't wait to try and figure out who is who 1 ancona1 Australorp 1 Rhode Island 1 jersey giant 1 golden laced Wyandotte 1 barred rock 2 Easter eggers and then the fun.....a five pack of mystery birds...these are the possibilities : Black Sumatra Andalusian (Blue, Black, or Splash) Appenzeller Spitzhauben Sicilian Buttercup Salmon Faverolles Golden Campine Buff Chantecler Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Barnevelder Brahma (Buff Brahma, Light Brahma) Marans (Silver Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black Copper, Blue Splash, White) Dominique Columbian Wyandotte Dark Cornish Cochin (White, Partridge) Welsummer White Sultan Polish (Assorted colors) Exchequer Leghorn Speckled Sussex Hamburg (Assorted colors) Lakenvelder (Silver, Golden) Partridge Penedesenca Buckeye
     

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