EDIT: Purchasing Australorps instead.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BackyardBirds720, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. BackyardBirds720

    BackyardBirds720 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  2. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    i love buff orps [​IMG] are u getting chicks? or full grown hens? where are u located..
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Spend some time here reading older posts and order your birds when you are
    ready. Most hatcheries only ship on Mondays or Tuesdays so you have plenty of time
    to work out the BASICS.
  4. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    My brooder was a large furniture box with a post across it and a reptile heat lamp suspended from the post. We varied the bulb and height for the lamp, covered the floor with pine chips and away we went. The chicks are now 9 weeks old and doing great.

    Have fun with yours!
  5. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Hee. We're "dog people," so our brooder is very, um... Well, our basement has linoleum flooring, so it's easy to clean and disinfect. For each batch of birds, what we've done is put down a circle with a brooder guard (one of the cheap little $5 ones from the hatchery), pile up a few inches of shavings, then put a doggie X-Pen around the brooder guard. Probably the most hilarious touch is that our heat-lamp hangs from the long nozzle of a professional SpeeDee stand dryer for dogs. [​IMG]

  6. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I bought the Chick-N-Hutch to brood my girls in and they stayed in it about 3 to 4 weeks and then went to the big coop. Most people use the big rubbermaid totes with a heat lamp over the top. Use Pine shavings in the bottom and paper towels over the top of them for a few days. I use Ideal Hatchery in Texas as they will ship 3 or 4 chicks to you cheaper the My Pet Chicken. I get them overnight and they are always healthy. Alot of members use Ideal in fact. Trudy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. BackyardBirds720

    BackyardBirds720 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Thanks for the help so far.

    I am going to be purchasing three hens, and a rooster from mypetchicken.com (hopefully by tommorow). - they will probably throw in a few more just for warmth during shipping; and when they get old enough to be sexed I will take a rooster, and three hens. Donate the rest to a petting zoo (It will be hard to let them go!).

    Anyone object, or have a suggestion for another hatchery let me know.

    I also got my hutch ready, and going to setup the run tommorow (for when they aren't free-ranging). I need to go to the feed store and get some 20% chick feed (Purina brand... as suggested), food/water dishes, a plastic tote as my brooder, a 40 watt light bulb for warmth, pine chips, and that should be it - is there anything I am forgetting.

    Then I will have to upsize the dishes, and get different food as they grow...

    Thanks for everything so far,
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  8. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    sounds good!
    get layer feed for the hens
    and regular feed for the roo ( layer isnt good for roos)
    sum scratch, waterer feeder, house and run (or free range)
    GOOD LUCK!!!
  9. eggonomist

    eggonomist In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2007
    Singhampton, Ont, Canada
    My buffs are 12 days old now and we have them in a 2x4 brooder, there is 24 of them, it will do for another week but by then the coop had better be ready. i got mine this side of the boarder because of the expense at customs, I paid around $2.55 a chick (non sexed), I also have 10 Silver laced wyandottes keeping them company and they seem to be happy in the area. You would do well with a 2x4 for your 4 for a fair old time ( here's my brooder tip) ild interior doors, they are around 30 inches by 80, get 3 old ones and nail them together to make the bottom and 2 sides, then a piece of ply or anything on the sides and a mesh screen for the top. Now you have a nice size brooder then can be taken apart and flat packed, the doors are usually painted so will wipe down easily and if you ever have a sick chick you can put in up in minutes. This is a bit late for you but it's worth looking around for some supplies now. The doors will also help for insulation and if you decide to give it up, they will burn and keep you warm in the winter:D
  10. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Howdy seen you on chat tonight...good luck with your chicks! Your going to LOVE them!

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