Excited in SE Ohio!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by newbie2016, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. newbie2016

    newbie2016 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2016
    SE Ohio
    Hello I am new to all of this. On Pintetest, I kept seeing BYC and had no idea what it was. Now, I do and am so excited. I have 6 (4-5 week pullets from Tractor Supply not sure of breed) and 2 (2 week old Plymouth Barred Rock pullets). Going to build coop next weekend and looking forward to researching on here.
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful Learning Center [​IMG]

    Good luck with your flock [​IMG]
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are the older & younger chicks all in the same brooder?. Even a week or two can make a big difference in size. The big ones may trample the small ones, or bully them away from food and water. Plus the older chicks don't need as much heat as the younger ones. At 2 weeks or so of age, the pecking order starts forming and the littles will be at the bottom of the heap. They would do best in a separate broody that caters to just them.
  4. newbie2016

    newbie2016 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2016
    SE Ohio
    I kept them apart and was informed they should be put together so the pecking order happens and they know their place. I put them in for short periods of time and now they are together all the time. They are getting along fine. When the bigger ones are drinking water the two little ones walk under them to get to the water too and the older ones let them. During the times I check on them, they older ones sleep off to the side of the heat lamp (not directly under) and now the two little ones prefer to scoot in between them and all you see is their little black heads amongst the yellow chicks. I hope I did the right thing.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. newbie2016

    newbie2016 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2016
    SE Ohio
    Well, the Mill where I picked up the two Barred Rocks told me to do that. I need all the advice I can get. Brand new at all of this. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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