First Chicken Order is Pending -- I'm SCARED!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Salt and Light, May 23, 2008.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    Hello All:

    This is my first post!

    I've never owned a chicken in my life. My neighbor has always had chickens and provided us with eggs. He orders from McMurray and the other day, I decided it was time for me to do the same.

    So, I have 25 chickens coming in a couple of weeks and I think I've over done it! I'm reading books and joining forums, I'm working on my coop (which I think is too small), but I think I'm in over my head.

    Any suggestions? Oh, I order the "meat and egg" combo.


  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    Well first take a deep breath,calm down and [​IMG] .Since you ordered the meat egg combo space should not be to much of a issue since you will eat alot of em.
    Im sure your neighbor can give you plenty of tips.Also member this forum is full of helpfull information.
    Just read everything you can,im sure you will do great....
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    It will be okay, I promise!!! Our ancestors all raised thousands of chickens successfully and you can do it to!

    It sounds to me like you are doing everything right! You are reading up on chickens and you are building your coop. The next thing you need to do, is get yourself a brooder together. That is a place where there are no drafts with a heat lamp to keep them warm. (My chicks always start out inside the house, but some people use the garage or barn.) You can use all sorts of things for your brooder. I use a big, plastic tub to start out with and then the chicks graduate to a HUGE box when they get to big for the plastic tub. I've also seen people use big, plastic swimming pools, dog kennels, or even build a permanent place in the coop. I finally did that last night, beings that I keep getting more chicks! You just need to decide what works best for you.

    Keep reading and absorb as much information as you can while your waiting for your chicks to arrive. It truly will be okay! You have found the best website on the internet with thousands of people who will be more than happy to help you out if you ever have any questions or just need some encouragement! So take a deep breath and welcome to the world of chickens!!! [​IMG]


    p.s. I don't think you over did your chicken order. Once you get those little fuzz balls, you'll just want to order more! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 23, 2008
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Now the first thing you do is 1. (Don't get all stressed out over this) 2. (Go ahead and get your brooder ready) 3. ( go ahead and buy some start & grow) 4. ( get the waterers) 5. ( you will be twiddling your thumbs waiting for the chicks if you do all 4 of the other steps)

    Wishing you blessings from Va in the hopes you get all healthy chicks.

    Edited to say::::eek:oops! forgot, you need to get a coop built. LOL

    Welcome to the world of chickens
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  5. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    I think we all worry at first. You'll do fine. You've already found one of the best resources for any questions on having chickens ...this forum!! Don't hesitate to ask questions and read everything you can.

    You're going to love it!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

  6. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    You sound like me when I first started! You will be fine. I wish I had known about this forum when I first got mine. So see, you are already one up on me and all of mine survived. Relax and enjoy your new addiction!
  7. Cheep Mama

    Cheep Mama Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Welcome! You will love BYC! This is your first order with many more to come!
  8. Tutter

    Tutter Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    Welcome, Salt and Light! [​IMG]

    Even seasoned chicken owners sometimes wonder if they are really ready to increase their flocks. But as soon as you get the little peepers in your hands, all is well.

    I've got 27 coming on the 9th, so we will have little ones at the same time! [​IMG]

    I just re-read what you are getting.

    Actually, with 15 of those birds leaving in less than 2 months, you really aren't over your head. That will only leave you 10 birds by August. The way I see it, you will be planning more in your egg flock pretty soon! [​IMG]

    If you have any specific concerns, just let us know. [​IMG]
  9. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    Thanks for all the replies and hearty "welcomes". I can tell that I'm in the right place.

    I think my biggest concern is the chicken coop. I have an existing coop that I've been using for storage. It's an 8 x 8 building covered with chicken wire w/ tin roofing on top of that. There is currently no front on the coop. I've relocated an existing dog run ( 8' x 12') in front of the coop. Both the coop and run need repairs, but what I'm fretting is the layout of the coop.

    What all do I need in there? Oh, my money is very tight so everything is on a shoestring budget.
  10. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Hey! Where in Central Florida do ya live?? Im in Oviedo....... I have this right.......They have a coop that is 8x8, then a run that is 8x12? Or have you combined the two for a roughly 16x20 coop? Will they free range?

    As adults, standard size chickens need a minimum of 4 sqft coop space per bird. Im not sure how much run space you add to that. My chickens have always free ranged, so never had to consider that. So...with 25 chooks, thats about 100 sqft minimum. ***SOME ONE CORRECT ME HERE IF IM WRONG [​IMG]****

    Just a suggestion on some cheap wood....try pulling apart some palates (sp?) To save money, hubby is pulling apart some to reside my coop. Lots of places are happy to give them away. Just make sure to paint it to help weather proof it.

    Also..make sure that coop is as secure as fort Knox. My coop is being resided because a coon, or a opposum, broke a hole into the side and had a buffet inside [​IMG]

    Good Luck....and relax! [​IMG]

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