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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 10urbanchicks, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. 10urbanchicks

    10urbanchicks Chirping

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    So obviously I'm new to the forum but I'm also new to chickens - like really new. I am expecting my first chicks to arrive tomorrow, 10 ISA brown, I have my brooder set up and ready but I am so nervous I'm going to do something wrong.
    I have studied everything I could find online and this morning I found BYC and I'm sure as any newbie I will ask questions that have already been answered 100 times.
    In my work life I run a fabrication shop that builds BBQ smokers, in my real life I rescue horses from kill pens and dream of having my own farm/ranch.
    I look forward to getting to all of you as I start this new adventure. Thanks for allowing me to join!
     
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Welcome!
    Where about are you located?
    Can you share a picture or two of your brooder?
     
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  3. Meg-in-MT

    Meg-in-MT Free Ranging

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    Hello! Welcome to BYC!! :frow

    Chicks are pretty resilient. Make sure it's not too hot or too cold and that they have fresh feed and water. Good to have a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature and have the heat at one end so they can get cooled off, if need be. Don't stress too much :)

    Feel free to check out the links below for some interesting reading. Good luck on your adventures!
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Welcome - to byc and chickenkeeping!
     
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    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with your chicks.
     
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  6. Pork Pie

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    Hello and welcome to BYC.

    This link may be interesting

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/hatching-eggs-raising-chickens.22/

    Any questions that you may have regarding your chicks will be best posted here - http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks

    Here are some links to key resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  7. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

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    Welcome to BYC!
    I’m sure you will do fine. Make sure heat brooder 24 hrs in advance for temp to regulate. Make sure have thermometer and heat source st 90-95 degrees. Should have water with sav a chick electrolytes for first five days and then weekly. Dip beaks in water and place in brooder first hour then 20% medicated starter grower provides best growth and protection against coccidiosis. Pine mulch bedding is easiest to kitty scoop. Wean temp by 5 degrees per week till at 65-70 degrees then off. Can go out to chick house when fully feathered earliest 4-5 weeks. Week 3 can provide chick grit with treats less than 10 % of diet like greens cabbage or dried mealworms. Teaches foraging I put my greens in a chicken treat ball for fun. Provide a roost bar at 5 inches of height to teach roosting. Can even look at my articles for how to build a chick swing. Make sure have ventilated cover on brooder will fly young around. Looks like this. I also put clean marbles or rocks in waterer to keep from falling in and drowning.
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  8. 10urbanchicks

    10urbanchicks Chirping

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    I'm in Houston, TX. My chicks should be here tomorrow and I'm regulating the temp in the brooder today. Avg temp in the box is 95 a little hotter under the lamp and the far corner is about 89. The box is 30"x50" but I am only using half of the box to start and will increase the space as I drop the temp. I still need to figure out how to create a dark area to simulate night that is warm enough
     

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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    95 will kill them here.

    Shoot to start them off closer to 85.

    I have 3 week old chicks that got moved outside at two weeks with zero added heat in and open air coop.
     
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  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    A regular light bulb will work to provide enough heat.


    Raise that heat lamp and give them more room to get away from it now.
    Let the cooler side be closer to 70.
     
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