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

  1. CrystalOrchard

    CrystalOrchard New Egg

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    Hello!

    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

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    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 ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc


    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    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
    CT
     
  4. CrystalOrchard

    CrystalOrchard New Egg

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    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 Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
     

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