First ever chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WrenRowan, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. WrenRowan

    WrenRowan New Egg

    Dec 14, 2016
    [​IMG]Hello all! I have been reading forums for a while here before deciding to join. We bought a few already laying hens a few years back. They were good to us, but we have been without any hens for about 4 years. We have decided to raise chicks for the first time. We just picked up five 4-day old Welsummer girls and I'm in love. They are in a brooder in our den. I'm still reading and learning as I go, but being in Northern Kentucky, I'm wondering when it will be safe to move them out this time of year (12-14). We have just built a draft free tractor coop.
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  2. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi and welcome to BYC! :welcome
    Congrats on your beautiful little chicks and welsummers are a good choice :). I love anything that lays chocoated eggs.

    Normally you would want to take the chicks out of the brooder when they are fully feathered. Which is usually around 6 weeks but sometimes takes a bit longer.
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  3. WrenRowan

    WrenRowan New Egg

    Dec 14, 2016
    Thank you! That's what I have been reading, but I wasn't sure if it was different for winter babies. I think we will be pleased with the Wellies. Last time we had Easter Eggers, Barred Rock, and Golden Commets but they were older and not very friendly. I'm hoping handling these from youngins will help a little [​IMG]
  4. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're welcome :) And getting them as chicks does help with the friendliness quite a bit. How cold does it normally get at night where you live?
  5. WrenRowan

    WrenRowan New Egg

    Dec 14, 2016
    In the dead of winter, it usually varies from low 30s to low 20s. We do get attic blasts from Canada and the Great Lakes where it gets much colder though. Tonight is supposed to be our first single digit night, but wind chills could put us at -6 degrees
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens [​IMG]
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under WrenRowan [​IMG] Welcome!

    Congratulations on your new family members, they are adorable!

    Hailing from Aus, I am more qualified to advise on whether to add air conditioning or not but I see that you have already received some great advice so I will just add that I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Glad to hear you're enjoying your new little ones. If you would like to chat with other members in KY, you can find them here on your state thread: post #1

    Thanks for joining us!
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  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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