Escaping the suburbs one critter at a time...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Biologrady, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Biologrady

    Biologrady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I'm new here.
    Trapped in the suburbs for another decade or so, but have decided to push my luck and start my flock ( thanks to a little coersion... My nine year old helped convince grandpa that hens would be a nice addition to our "country house", where my parents reside.) My mom will be the happy primary caretaker once the hens move out to the country, but for now I have 5 chicks in my garage. I set up a brooder inside the huge dog crate I have... To keep the cat and dog out.
    Chicks arrived from cackle hatchery, well packed and warm, but the littlest one ( a jersey giant) was pretty listless from the start, was getting really picked on by the end of day one and didn't survive the night. No sign of disease though, and I swear the others grew overnight! I haven't had first hand chicken experience in about 30 years; any suggestions on how much or little we can/should handle these guys? In my youth the chickens were future dinner, but these we would like to be pets, eventually free-ranging ones.
     
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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. Fluffballs

    Fluffballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With my chickies!
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  4. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio...glad you joined us. Good luck with your new chicks
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio, so glad you joined. :thumbsup
     
  8. SmallFarmChick

    SmallFarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Handle them as much as you like, supervised of course for the kids!
     
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    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

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