first time around

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Carly Avgeris, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Carly Avgeris

    Carly Avgeris Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. My family and I just got our first chickens yesterday. 3 days old. We are brand new at this and pretty much clueless! We've got 5 right now, and we hope they all survive! If anyone has any tips, they are welcome to share. Right now, they're in a box with news paper, shavings, food and water and heat lamp. (In our basement, since it's cold here in Chicago land.) Also found out one is a Cornish, so I am looking to pass her onto someone who would like to raise a meat bird.
    Myself, my husband, and two small boys are excited to see how this pans out!!!
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Congratulations! It's always so exciting getting those first chickens. Definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is loads of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any specific questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your new flock.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock, would love to see photos of your babies. Yes, the weather is bad and supposed to drop lower - eek!!
     
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  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
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  6. Carly Avgeris

    Carly Avgeris Out Of The Brooder

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    Would anyone be able to tell me how long the chicks need to live in my basement before they can be out in a coop? obviously it will be insulated and have a heat lamp, but I had heard not until it is 70 degrees out, and then was told after 16 weeks?
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! They should be OK at 8 weeks in the winter when they are pretty much fully feathered, just acclimate them gradually by lowering the temps every week. They should not need a heat lamp in the coop at that point, unless the weather is really really cold.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    They need to be fully feathered for sure. I would wait until 10 weeks if possible since it is winter.
     
  9. Carly Avgeris

    Carly Avgeris Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having hard time figuring out how to post in forums. I've got a question about feed. I can't post in any forums though. Help!
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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