Day 1

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CrystalOrchard, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. CrystalOrchard

    CrystalOrchard Hatching

    Mar 31, 2016

    Tonight I found this forum while researching and wow am I glad there's such a great resource right here.

    Today is Day 1 of our life with chickens. We brought home 9-day old chicks - 10 Silver Laced Wyandottes and 10 Rhode Island Reds - and 5 one-month old broilers. They were so calm this afternoon and then suddenly a few of the Rhode Islands turned escape artist! I put netting over the brooder so everyone is safely tucked in for the night. After 45 minutes of *singing*, they're all quiet. I cannot explain how excited I am to have started our flock!

    I have questions about the broilers: They are ultra mellow - four of them have been eating a bit but the fifth, not yet. They seem lethargic or bored or something, a dramatic contrast to the other 20. Is that common? At how many weeks should we begin pasturing them? We plan to use a tractor-style coop since there are lots of hawks in our area. They're still so little.

    Thank you!!
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Congratulations on your new chicks :celebrate They sure do learn how to escape pretty quick!! I brood in a Guinea cage with cage lid so they can't escape on me but they still are pretty quick when I have it raised!! I. I'm afraid I've never raised broilers but please do pop by the meat section, here is the link ~

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great to have you onboard with us.

    I hope that you enjoy your chicken-keeping adventure and being a member of BYC.

    All the best
  4. CrystalOrchard

    CrystalOrchard Hatching

    Mar 31, 2016
    Thanks so much - I brought their temp up a bit and they've all been chirping and eating! Day 2 begins well :)
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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