Everything I need? Minus the chicks of course.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SouthernBornOUFan, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan In the Brooder

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    I just wanted to head out sometime this weekend and pick up supplies. I have a very helpful and kind local person I will be buying a handful of baby peeps from in mid Feb. This is my 1st flock so I wanted to get a big ol "To Buy List" before they arrive.

    This is what I have so far:

    Water Bowl (Any suggestions on this one? I would prefer something safe and easy to clean)
    Feed Bowl (Same as above ^)
    Bedding - I was going to buy Cedar as I like how it keeps bugs away

    Any suggestions on type of feed - for baby and adult?
    Do I need to buy a salt tablet?
    Any meds I should start out with right away?
    What about a bucket of sand for dusting?

    Basically they will be spoiled rotten so anything that makes them extra happy I will pick up.

    The Coop I have covered as well. The house I'm moving into has a 16x20 out building (the ones you can buy built and put on your land) and I will section if off inside for them and chicken storage (for food etc)...then a run connected.

    Anything I'm over looking? I'm sure the person I'm buying from will give me a good crash course...but more opioions the better in my mind.
     

  2. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    Dont use cedar its poisonous to chicks. Use pine
     
  3. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan In the Brooder

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    Quote:See....this is why I post questions. Anyone want to hold my hand until I become a better chicken owner? LOL.

    I will buy pine. Thank you so much.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  5. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan In the Brooder

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    The building I'm using has an AC/Heater window unit. They will surely be enjoying that. LOL.
     
  6. rittert3

    rittert3 Songster

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    Quote:Other than that the only thing I can think of is a heat lamp and some type of brooder for the first month and a half or so. Just have fun and enjoy them and if you have questions come back we're here to help.
     
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  7. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Songster

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    Make sure the waterer is drown-proof or add marbles or use a rabbit water bottle. Pick up a feather duster to hang from the top of the brooder as a "Mama." Have fun!!!!!
     

  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:You'll need a heat lamp for them for the first several weeks.
     
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  9. rittert3

    rittert3 Songster

    May 1, 2009
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    If these are day old chicks you're getting you will need to dip their beak/face in their water when you put them in their new home this teachs them what water is and where to find it. Thought I would just add that tip.
     
  10. Quote:See....this is why I post questions. Anyone want to hold my hand until I become a better chicken owner? LOL.
    I will buy pine. Thank you so much.

    Rurak King has it on sale this week for $3.99. I have two in my shed just waiting.
     

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